By Serah Makondetsa
President Peter Mutharika Friday left the country for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) meeting in New York, the United States of America (USA) without touching on the subject of the number of people that have accompanied him on the trip.
During the week, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emmanuel Fabiano kept Malawians in the dark on the subject including the amount of tax payer’s money that will be spent during the time the President and his entourage will be in the US.
Mutharika, who departed through Kamuzu International Airport, told journalists that Malawi’s participation at Unga means the country is recognised internationally.
“This means there is recognition of what we are doing. We are going to learn more from the meeting. We are hopeful that we will learn more on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). we will come back with more knowledge. We are doing well but we cannot see it ourselves,” he said.
During a press briefing in Lilongwe, Fabiano said the president will come back at a time he wishes to come back.
Alongside Fabiano, Mutharika has been accompanied by five other cabinet ministers- Minister of Gender, Disability and Social Welfare, Jean Kalilani, Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama and Deputy Minister of Defence Everton Chimulirenji.
Among other things, Mutharika is expected to attend the official opening of the Unga next week Tuesday and deliver a statement within the general debate session where heads of delegation present national statements on any item before the assembly.
According to Fabiano, Mutharika is expected to make his presentation on the first day of the general debate on September 25.
The session is scheduled to take place from September 25 to October 5.
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