The Malawi government is demanding an apology and retraction by United Kingdom publisher Times Newspaper over what it terms as a malicious article about President Lazarus Chakwera’s trip to London.
The newspaper recently featured a story in which it made claims that Chakwera travelled there to attend a virtual summit due to poor internet connectivity in the country.
Chakwera is in London where he is attending the 2-day Global Education Summit.
In a statement released last evening, government Spokesperson Gospel Kazako clarifies that attendance of the summit is by invitation and Chakwera is not the only African head of state that is in attendance.
According to Kazako, other leaders attending the summit include Presidents of Ghana, Sierra Leon, Nigeria and Kenya.
He goes on to defend the presence of Chakwera’s wife, daughter and son-in law at the summit citing that they all have pertinent roles to play at the event.
Kazako explains ” Sean Kampondeni is the President’s Executive Assistant and Director of Communications, Violet Chakwera is the Personal Assistant to the First Lady Monica and as per tradition, she is supposed to accompany the president on all his trips”.
The government spokesperson has since implored all local and international media houses to crosscheck facts with relevant authorities before publication.
The Global Education Summit is being finance by the Global Partnership for Education-GPE
GPE is the largest global multilateral fund dedicated to education in developing countries which aims at strengthening education systems in developing countries to dramatically increase the number of children who are in school and learning.
It is anticipated that the Summit will benefit Malawi in leveraging International Education Grants that will support basic education.