Aircraft engineers delay Lazarus Chakwera’s UNGA trip


President Lazarus Chakwera last night left the country for the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) after failing to leave on scheduled time following a request from aircraft engineers to delay the flight.

Minister of Information Gospel Kazako later said the President’s departure time was rescheduled to 10:30 pm and passed by Nairobi, Kenya where today he is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony of William Ruto, Kenya’s president-elect before proceeding to New York.

Chakwera failed to depart from Kamuzu International Airport in the afternoon of Monday as Aircraft engineers were yet to certify his jet.


“The President had to consider the request. Engineers have been given more time to look at the plane,” he said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday said Chakwera is scheduled to address the general assembly on September 22, 2022.

He would also hold more than 40 engagements over 15 days including high-level meetings with world leaders and heads of various International Institutions.


The aim is to mobilise a billion dollars in resources for various sectors.

Chakwera and his wife Monica are expected to return home on October 2, 2022.

This is the first time Chakwera has been attending UNGA ever since he was elected as the leader, due to Covid-19 which restricted movements across the world.

37 delegates have made the list accompanying Chakwera for the UNGA.

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