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Capital Hill Mum On President’s Entourage At AU Summit

Written by  Written By Christy GOMANI Feb 02, 2017

The Malawi government is still not coming out clearly on the number of people that accompanied President Peter Mutharika to the African Union (AU) summit.

To add on that nothing has been said on how much money was spent during the trip.

Mutharika left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 29 for this year’s 28 summit of the AU.

His journey however has left a lot of unanswered questions as to how many had accompanied him to the summit.

There have been concerns to previous occasions of similar nature where Malawians have accused the president of including many people which is believed to have been an abuse of tax payer’s money.

In 2015 the President went with 110 people to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) before spending for close to a month at the same meeting in 2016.

The anonymity of the issue still remains the culture, as in most cases such trips lack accountability to the public.

When contacted by Capital FM, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Rejoice Shumba referred the matter to state house.

‘’We don’t decide the president’s trip. Please contact the state house they’ll be in a better position to provide you with the information.’’

The state house Director of Communications at the state house Bright Molande however also ducked the question.

“There has always been this debate of how many people are travelling with the president; unfortunately people don’t ask this question in good face,” Molande argued.

The public did not have kind words for the Malawi leader and his delegation.

 

Some described it as worthless and urged those in power to be more transparent on issues that concern their taxes.

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