Policy analysts in Malawi have demanded explanations from government following contradictions on statements made by the State House, Ministry of Information, and United States Embassy to Malawi on delegates to the recent United Nations (UN) meeting.
According to statement from the State House, Mutharika had six delegates, while a statement from the Ministry of Information said the Malawi leader had eighteen delegates, and the American Embassy confirmed that they issued over one hundred Visas to delegates attending the UN meetings.
In reaction, one of the policy analysts Rafiq Hajat said government should be clear on how many delegates attended the UN meeting.
“The contraindications are questionable and this reflects some games that the current government is trying to play to Malawians, because the source of funds to that trip was from our tax, Hajat said.
“What is needed now is a clear explanation on how many delegates attended the meeting and we should also compare with other countries on the number of their delegates to the UN,” he added.
Hajat further faults the government for mis-prioritizing, arguing that the government should have considered the serious challenges that have rocked country.
“Millions of Malawians are expected to be affected by hunger this year. Why does government spent huge sums of money like that instead of buying maize for its citizens?” wondered Hajat.
Meanwhile the government has not yet revealed the amount of taxpayers money that has been spent on the trip.