Gender minister Jean Kalirani and a bulk of State House staff who accompanied President Peter Mutharika to the UN general meeting in the US a few weeks ago, have returned heightening speculation the head of state is on leave.
Mutharika took two cabinet ministers; Foreign Affairs ministers Francis Katsaira, who has remained with the president in the US and Kalirani, who has since returned.
Mutharika is however remaining with a dozen security detail, head of state spies, Nicholas Dausi and very few State House handlers.
State House spokesperson Mgeme Kalirani said Mutharika is still working in the US and could not say what type of job he is doing nor when he is expected to come back home.
Estimates show he is blowing K5 million each day he stays abroad amid IMF projections that the economy is likely to collapse completely because of uncontrolled expenditure in government.