Peter Mutharika leaves for United Nations General Assembly amid political turmoil


By Rebecca Chimjeka:

President Peter Mutharika left for the United States Wednesday to attend the 74th United Nations General Assembly (Unga) in New York, amid political turmoil in the aftermath of the disputed May 21 tripartite elections.

Mutharika left through Kamuzu International Airport (Kia) amid protests in Lilongwe as Human Rights Defenders Coalition continues its push for Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign.


Speaking at Kia before his departure, Mutharika said he wanted to learn from other countries during Unga.

“I will present Malawi to the assembly and learn from other countries on how to implement various development projects,”Mutharika said.

But Chancellor College-based political analyst Ernest Thindwa said it was difficult to appreciate if Malawi benefits from trips to Unga.


“I am not convinced that Unga is a forum where one country can learn how to implement projects. There is adequate domestic capacity to design and implement development projects. What lacks in Malawi is visionary, competent leadership and political will for our shared development aspirations,” Thindwa said.

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