3 October 2016 Last updated at: 10:39 AM

Mutharika’s extended stay in US good for Malawi – Govt

Government has assured Malawians that President Peter Mutharika’s prolonged stay in the United States of America is for the betterment of the country.

The president went to the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and he ended his UN business over a week ago but he has since extended his stay in the North American country.

Peter Mutharika Ethiopia

Mutharika is still in the US.

The continued stay of Mutharika and his team in the US has brought in mixed reactions with some quarters saying the president is squandering resources while others have defended him.

But minister of information Malison Ndau has claimed that the president is not wasting money since he is meeting other stakeholders who will bring more opportunities to Malawi.

Ndau said the president is using the opportunity to market the nation to potential investors.  

“Its wrong to say that the President is squandering taxpayers’ money because the long stay is for the betterment of this country,” said Ndau.

The minister however claimed that the day of Mutharika’s coming is not known but he expressed hope that the Malawi leader will be returning home soon.

He further said that if the president had not prolonged his stay, it would have been costly for him to come to Malawi and then go back to the US to meet the investors.

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