… Govt. blows K1.3 billion as UN trip allowances
Malawi24 has been informed that the United Nations had only invited six people from Malawi including President Peter Mutharika to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) despite Mutharika’s entourage consisting of about 120 people, a development that has resulted in government spending at least K1.3 billion on allowances alone.
Making the revelation, well-known commentator, Stanley Onjezani Kenani, said data he has accessed from well-placed sources shows that only 6 people were given passes to attend the UNGA.
“The United Nations gave only 6 passes for the General Assembly. In other words, only six people were allowed to enter. The 109 extra read about it in the newspapers, just like the rest of us. Ndiye kunalitu mabodza, amvekere (this is despite government’ lies that) all these people are being paid for by the UN. I asked: which UN?” wrote Kenani who also revealed that “some people on the trip got at least K11 million each for the trip”.
Meanwhile, State House Press Office has lambasted members of the public demanding government to declare how much was spent on the UN trip as “unpatriotic”.
However, other geeks questioned the rationale and credibility of the information State House had provided on the jet.
Douglas Kasamale posted on Facebook in response to the State House Statement “THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND. OE-IGS is a Bombardier Express Private jet owned by K5- aviation. While it may be true that Execujet South Africa may have been the agent in the charter process, this jets’ home base is in Germany (assuming it is based at HQ- where K5 aviation is).
A lot of deceptive information being dispatched by both sides. Why is government even having to respond to such nonsense. Their response is raising more questions. The problem of having to answer to every nitty gritty issue is that they end up looking guilty as in this case”
The jet, according to the website, has the capacity to accommodate 12 VIP guests.
Mutharika continues to spend gratuitously despite the IMF revealing this week that economic recovery efforts the current administration has put in place are off-track partly because of overspending on the wage bill leading the GDP to fall to 3% and inflation stuck above 20%.