27 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:35 AM

Malawi President Mutharika under fire over long stay in the US

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has received backlash for his continued stay in the United State of America where he went to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika on his arrival in the US.

Mutharika addressed the 71st UNGA last week and was one of the first to do so. The Malawi leader was also one of the first foreign dignitaries to arrive for the UN gathering 10 days ago.

But he is still hanging around in the US, delivering lecturers and receiving awards. He hailed the two awards he received over the weekend saying they show that the global community has hopes in the country’s development plan.

However, some Malawians have criticized Mutharika over his extended stay in the US saying he should come back home and attend to the ailing economy.

Social commentator Idris Ali Nassah blasted Mutharika for his unwillingness to come back to Malawi and called on him to take a leaf from other leaders who are back in their countries after attending the UN meeting.

He wrote: “Peter Mutharika of Malawi is still in New York for UNGA. He was first in town and won’t leave until every other leader has left.”

And later tweeted: “Zuma is back Uhuru is back Mugabe is back Magufuli didn’t go Mutharika still in New York waiting for UNGA closing ceremony.”

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