By Rebecca Chimjeka:
The government is silent on when President Peter Mutharika would return from New York, the United States (US), where he attended the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (Unga) which wound up on Sunday.
This comes after First Lady Gertrude Mutharika cut short her stay in the US to welcome her American counterpart Melanie Trump, who is expected to arrive in Lilongwe Thursday.
Government spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Information and Technology, on Wednesday said he was consulting before commenting on the matter.
State House Press Secretary, Mgeme Kalilani, who is in the US with Mutharika, Wednesday referred The Daily Times to the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, Wednesday said they would announce details of Mutharika’s return soon.
Mutharika left for the US on September 21 and he was among the first presidents to arrive in New York.
The president has a tendency of over staying in the US after the UN annual meeting, a thing which attracts debate.
Other leaders left their respective countries for New York a day or two before the opening of the assembly.
Before Mutharika’s departure for New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emmanuel Fabiano, was tight-lipped on the precise day the President would return home, including travel arrangements, the size of the Malawi official delegation and how much taxpayers coughed up for the trip.
Mutharika travelled to New York with five Cabinet ministers including Fabiano and Health Minister Atupele Muluzi, who is now in India on another assignment. Last year, Mutharika also returned from Unga after weeks.
Most African leaders have since returned to their respective homes.
Tanzania President, John Magufuli, Joao Lorenco (Angola), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Mokgweetsi Masisi (Botswana) and Edgar Lungu (Zambia) are back home.