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Sean Kampondeni

President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to virtually deliver three speeches at this year’s United Nations General Assembly (Unga), State House has said.

Briefing reporters Monday, State House Director of Communications, Sean Kampondeni, who is also Chakwera’s Executive Assistant, said the President will address two meetings as Chairperson of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) apart from addressing the assembly as Malawi leader.

According to Kampondeni, Chakwera was Monday scheduled to deliver an address at a high-level meeting on the UN General Assembly commemorating its 75th anniversary.

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“His first address will be in his capacity as chairperson of LDCs. This is a consortium of 47 countries in the world that are least developed.

“He will also be participating in the general debate which begins on Tuesday. During that general debate, he will deliver his statement as leader of the delegation from Malawi, being President of the Republic and he will be contributing to the debate on the UN theme for this particular assembly which is: The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism,” Kampondeni said.

He added that Chakwera will make this address as Malawi leader on Thursday afternoon.

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On September 30, Chakwera is expected to address a Biodiversity Summit which is part of the Unga activities on behalf of the LDCs.

“The President has a very ambitious environment agenda that he would like to be registered to all stakeholders at the meeting,” Kampondeni said.

He added that today Chakwera is expected to travel to Lusaka, Zambia to hold talks with his Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu, on how to promote relations between the two neighbours.

Meanwhile, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) Acting Executive Director, Michael Kaiyatsa has said there are a number of areas requiring immediate attention including Chakwera’s administration’s efforts to root out corruption.

Kaiyatsa also said the President should also highlight what plans his government intends to put in place to reduce income inequalities among Malawians.

“There is also the issue of press freedom. It is our hope that the President will highlight some of the measures to address the issue.

“In addition, we would like to hear how Malawi intends to deal with the problem of victimisation of the elderly as well as people with albinism,” Kaiyatsa said.

During the yesterday’s briefing, Kampondeni also indicated that Chakwera was finalising coming up with parastatal boards of directors which would be released within 48 hours.

During question time, Kampondeni said Chakwera would not comment on the confusion surrounding the office of Leader of Opposition which has seen former governing Democratic Progressive Party summoning Kondwani Nankhumwa for allegedly imposing himself on that position.

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