LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-As Malawi President Peter Muthalika is expected to leave the country today for the United General Assembly (UNGA), the Government has kept every detail regarding the costs of the trip under the lid.
In an interview with Times Radio on Tuesday the Minister of Information, Civic Education and Technology, Mark Bottomani did not come out clearly on how much this trip will cost the taxpayers, and how long he will stay there. The minister also failed to outline the benefits that Malawi has gained from such trips.
In one of the questions to outline at least three benefits of the trips to the General Assembly in New York, USA, the Minister was completely unable to mention any.
It is generally observed that APM does not wish to miss any trips to USA; unlike other international ones where he only delegates his Vice; the latest one being the Yokohama Summit in Japan.
Since the tripartite elections on 21 May, President Muthalika has not attended to any international summits; rather he has been delegating the Vice President, Everton Chimulirenji.
In 2014, Mutharika provoked the wrath of most Malawians when he travelled to the General Assembly with too many people including chiefs.
This development made people conclude that the trip was just a means of thanking such people for giving support to the Democratic Progressive Party at the expense of the taxpayer’s money.