UN’s Ban attends Aids conference after Malawi midnight stopover

UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon Monday comfortably attended a high level HIV and AIDS conference in South Africa, just hours after he made an emergency landing at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe to refuel his plane.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon waves
UN chief Ban Ki-moon waves

Ban is among 500 scientists and researchers who have brought their heads together to see if they can finally find a cure to HIV and AIDS, a disease that has devastated economies of African countries including Malawi.

There are at least one million people suffering from HIV and AIDS in Malawi, half of whom are on ARVs, a life prolonging drug.

Ban’s attendance of the meeting is a clear indication the commitment by the UN to bring to an end the disease caused by virus.

The UN chief landed at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe to refuel his plane but questions are now emerging as to why President Peter Mutharika sent Agriculture minister George Chaponda to chat up Ban during the one hour refuelling exercise instead of Vice President Saulos Chilima or Foreign Affairs minister.

Mutharika also dispatched a contingent of police officers to protect the UN chief.

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