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Peter Mutharika prolongs New York stay

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As world leaders have started returning to their home countries after the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, The Daily Times has established that Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has remained behind with the return date unknown.

Mutharika left on September 15 through Kamuzu International Airport on a private jet.

The UNGA took place from September 19 to September 23 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

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Most of the heads of state and governments from the member states who attended the assembly returned to their respective countries over the weekend.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa returned to his country on September 23 via South African Airways flight SA 204 from John F Kennedy to OR Tambo International Airport. Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, returned to Nigeria on Saturday after spending one week in New York.

But when asked when Mutharika will return home and what exactly he is doing in US, Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani could not say the exact date but only said the president is holding other meetings in US.

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“The President is still busy engaged in government business outside the UNGA 2016 framework. When his date of return is set, you shall be informed in advance as usual,” Kalilani said.

Mutharika’s trip to the UNGA met some reservations from some corners with people initially questioning the hiring of a private jet despite the country’s precarious economic situation.

The trip also raised eyebrows with some people pressing the government to disclose the number of people that travelled along with the president. Government, however, refused to say how many people made the trip.

General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71) was held under the theme: “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World”.

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