Malawi President clarifies on UN Assembly trip

President of the Republic of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has addressed Malawians on his trip to UN annual General Assembly UNGA which took place in New York.

While in United States of America various groups of people criticised Mutharika for going to UNGA with over 100 people when the country is facing economic challenges.

Addressing the press at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Mutharika said he went to New York with 106 Malawians.

However, Mutharika said 18 of them were sponsored by government but the rest by non government organisations and UN.

He blamed the economic challenges on the demand for salary increment by civil servants.

“I ask all civil servants and civil society organisations to stop giving his government datelines to meet their demands,” asked Mutharika.

On criticism about using the private jet Mutharika said he would not stop hiring it.

“I was already the millionaire when I returned from United States of America, therefore I can do without the 1.4 million kwacha salary,” said president Mutharika.

He then refused to step down for his administration’s failure to meet International Monetary Funds’ targets in June, 2015.

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