4 October 2016 Last updated at: 9:47 AM

CHRR joins criticism of Mutharika over extended stay in US

Peter Mutharika- UN

Peter Mutharika: Still in the US.

Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) has added its voice to those criticizing President Peter Mutharika over his extended stay in the United States of America.

Mutharika went to the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) but a week after the end of the gathering, the Malawi leader and his team are still in the North American country.

This led to a lot of criticism for Mutharika and his government as some quarters have argued that the prolonged stay of the president means Malawi is losing a lot of public funds.

Joining the chorus,  executive director for CHRR Timothy Mtambo said the prolonged stay is wrong as it means more money is to be spent on the trip.

Timothy Mtambo

Timothy Mtambo : We are spending too much.

“It is disappointing that the president is still in USA and we wonder what he is doing there as all his counterparts are back into their respective countries,” said Mtambo.

He added that the country is going through various problems that need lots of money but Mutharika and his team have decided to squander millions of public funds in the US.

However, government has backed Mutharika’s stay in the US saying it is for the betterment of the nation as he is meeting potential investors.

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

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