The Malawi leader might have only been trying to set a precedent in giving an example, but Peter Mutharika should have remembered the world was listening when he referred the Malawi media to check how his Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu blew a lot of money with a higher delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recently.
The angry looking Mutharika while railing at the local media for exposing Malawi’s poverty too much, had been seeking ways to defend his reported 115 entourage to the US besides having a typed list of names of people that went along with him.The Malawi President was quick to compare his entourage to that of Zambia’s while trying to parry away accusations that he wasted taxpayers money.
“You are attacking me for taking 115 people? Just go to our neighbors Zambia they took 256 people and their President hired a private jet that took him all the way to New York and
waited for him right there for the return trip,” said a visibly-angry Mutharika.
Just go to our neighbors Zambia they took 256 people and their President hired a private jet that took him all the way to New York and waited for him right there for the return trip
He laboured to contrast President Lungu’s direct flight from Lusaka to US with his 5-hour flight from Lilongwe to Dubai on a private jet where he connected to New York on a commercial airliner.
“Strangely, the attack comes at a time the two seemed to be in good books following Lungu’s visit to Malawi during independence celebrations July this year. This is not the first time that Zambia and Malawi leaders have been at loggerheads.” Zambian Mirror Facebook Page reported on Sunday.
Mutharika’s late brother President Bingu wa Mutharika was not in good books with Zambia’s late Michael Sata following a deportation feud that the later suffered while he was still an opposition politician.
Upon coming to power, Sata never fancied the presence of Bingu at any international forum and the two were only talking diplomatically not as personal cronies.Mutharika blew over K2 billion on his trip to the US, unofficial calculations revealed.