The Malawi social media and other publications were abuzz with reports accusing President Mutharika of making up reasons why he is in USA this next two weeks to cover up for something.
Some of his detractors speculated Mutharika was in USA to see his doctors. Some accused him outright of being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. They pointed out the International Congressional Conservation Gala (ICCF) already took place last month on 15th March that honored Prince Charles.
This time like many have been wrong before the Statehouse was able to make available to the Maravi Post the Press Release from The International Congressional Conservation Gala (ICCF) which clearly showed that Malawi President Mutharika and Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba were invited guest of honor to another Gala that will be held next week.
The International Congressional Conservation Gala (ICCF) will on 22 April 2015 award Malawi President Peter Mutharika and his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba for their commitments on issues of conservation and development in Africa.
According to a statement from the organizers of the event, International Conservation Caucus Foundation-ICCF, President Mutharika will be honored for working tirelessly towards trans-border solutions on conservation in Southern Africa.
“Malawi is a signatory to the 2014 Arusha Declaration on Regional Conservation and under the leadership of President Mutharika, Malawi has declared total war on combating wildlife and environmental Crime,” reads the statement in part.
“Therefore, please join ICCF and these two respected leaders for a Congressional Dinner focusing on issues of conservation and development in Africa.
“Partial support to GEF beneficiary country participants is being provided through the UNEP implemented, GEF financed project ‘Engaging policy makers and the judiciary to address poaching and illegal wildlife trade in Africa.’
According to the statement, President Ondimba will be awarded for pioneering the idea of integrating economic success with sustainable natural resource management. Under two landmark programs, Gabon Vert and Gabon Bleu the Gabonese government look to protect forests and oceans, respectively.
The first edition of 2015 U.S. Congressional International Conservation Gala was held on March 19, 2015 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C in which Prince Charles of Wales was also honored for Extraordinary Leadership in International Conservation.
The second edition will be held at The Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C on April 22.
Meanwhile, Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika will this Saturday deliver a keynote address at the commemoration of Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day at the National Mall in Washington DC.
Earth Day was set aside to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement on the conservation of natural resources.
According to a statement from the organizers of this year’s Global Earth Day, the First Lady will deliver a keynote address to mobilize support on calls for an end ro uncoordinated waste disposal across the world.
Madame Mutharika is expected to share stage with other world leaders such as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; President of the World Bank Group Jim Kim; Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; Secretary for Energy Enerst Moniz; US Senators Bob Corker and Chris Murphy, among others.
This year’s Global Citizen will also feature performances by US artists such as No Doubt, Usher, fall out Boy, Mary J Blige, with special guests Common and D’Banji appearing on Saturday, April 18 on the National Mall.