Mutharika refutes UN ‘jamboree’: Puts spins on bloated Malawi delegation

President Peter Mutharika has brushed aside reports that he has taken a bloated entourage to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Mutharika: Rejects claims that Malawi's delegation to the UN assembly is just too large

Mutharika: Rejects claims that Malawi’s delegation to the UN assembly is just too large

Malawians are infuriated with reports that Mutharika’s administration has sponsored over 100 participants to the annual ritual of attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Commentators argue that of the number of delegates that attend from Malawi, up to 80 per cent do not add any value to the team’s work at the assembly.

But Mutharika, who arrived in New York on Tuesday, has rejected that Malawi is having a jamboree delegation to New York.

Through his Presidential Press Secretary Gerald Viola, Mutharika said he was welcomed by Malawi Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr George Chaponda.

“Among others present include Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Hon Patricia Kaliati, Hon Joseph Mwanamveka, Minister of Industry and Trade, Dr Peter Kumpalume Minister of Health, the Chief Secretary Mr George Mkondiwa PS for Health Dr Mwansambo and Dr Mary Shaba – PS for Gender as Government Officials who have accompanied the President to New York,” a State House statement said.

According to State House, UN Women has sponsored women from all over the World to attend the UNGA in order for these women to understand the concept of He4She Campaign.

“The UNFPA has also sponsored some youths to the General Assembly to mediate and share common knowledge on the youth empowerment in the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Viola added that other various NGOs in the promotion of Human Rights, Gender and protection of women and children against all violence towards the vulnerable groups have also sponsored attendance of women, youth and other human rights defenders across the global and Malawi is not spared.

“However, Malawi has been represented in many [fora] of UN discussions of which their participation dates early in September when the Speaker of the National Assembly Right Hon Richard Msowoya, the MCP Spokesperson Dr Jessie Kabwira and many others have come and keep coming for their roles in the United Nations platforms.”

He said the  President has travelled with three Advisors in politics a Mr Mphepo, in Economics Dr Collins Magalasi and in International Relations Colette Thornicroft.

“It is against this background that State House assures the Malawi nation that the Government of Malawi has not taken the burden of sponsoring any delegate to the General Assembly apart from the officials mentioned earlier,”  said Viola without giving the specific number of the delegates sponsored  by government.

But media reports indicate that several traditional leaders some of them don’t speak English or any international language are among the list of government sponsored delegates to the meeting.

Commentators say there ought to be some measure of accountability and responsibility on the part of Malawi delegates.

Others protested that members of Mutharika’s delegation were using taxpayers’ money to enjoy themselves in New York while Malawians back home where reeling under a heavy tax regime and economic turmoil.

 

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kajima m nyirenda
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Send this to The Malawi Representative & the presidency Committee.

Why are you enriching yourself?
why you do not investigate the real suspects in corruption matters even if it mentions Bingu & Joice Banda. on the contrary you carry on prosecuting the bag cariers
Terrorism will then become another man’s liberty to freedom.

concerned
Guest

THIS PRESIDENT IS A FOOL. TAKING ALL HIS ANIMALS TO AMERICA? MAY THE ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO PUNISH, PUNISH YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE OF NO USE TO MALAWIANS. ASK YOUR LATE BROTHER. YOU WILL ALSO DIE LIKE A DOG. YOU WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO MALAWIANS ON HOW SELFISH YOU ARE.

concerned
Guest

I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS OLD FOOL…….TAKING ALL HIS GOATS TO AMERICA? EVEN THOUGH HE IS A PRESIDENT BUT HE IS A FOOL…THE STUPID CREATURE WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO US MALAWIANS……

Lloyd
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Munthu wina aliyense onena mzake kuti citsiru sadzalowa ufumu wakumwamba bible likutero nde conde amalawi anzanga gwiritsani mawu abwino pozuzula.Ndipo ngati zimene zikunenedwa ndizoona nde kuti apulezidenti athu ndiopusa zedi.Komanso ife anthufe tiyenera kudziwa kuti kaya tifune kapena tisafune palibe munthu amene adzathetsa mavuto kapena kubweretsa mtendere koma amangoyesera.

Nasan
Guest

Koma a DPP muuzeni zoona president kuti amalawi siopusa amabaya ngati kholoko zikapweteka

Mweneku Muzi
Guest

Malawi is full of jealous Talking is cheap but to do it…… nobody can change things in one year never and never again ….zitsiru inu

Kondwani
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Mutharika chose to abscond the SADC meeting in Botswana in August, due to financial meltdown in Malawi …… But has chosen USA, which is very far and costly amid the economic mess Malawi is facing today…….

Recently he announced he’s investing more in education sector ….. earlier this week, he approves the abolition of JCE exams and PSLC exams ……. WTF!!!!

Chimani. Game
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Timanenakutimunthuyu,ndichitsiru,inukumakana

hst
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Real irrefutable evidence please! Do as your fellow journalists have done with judges’ corruption in Ghana.

victor
Guest

stop thinking that you did not get ajob because you are a tumbuka, and stop thinking about what the goverment is going to do for you but think of what you are going to do for the goverment. No goverment in the word pays water, and electricity bills for its people.mwachidule mulimbikile kugwira nchito chifukwa anzanu mukuwanyozawo ali ndi chili chonse inu pamenepo mukungotuwa.mwanyoza bakili ,amayi bingu chihana ndi ena koma palibe chopindula.tiyeni tiziganiza za ife ndi ana athu

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