Chakwera's international trips get backlash, govt justifies them


Government has come out to back President Lazarus Chakwera's international trips which will take up to 10 days and will see him travelling to Kenya, United Arab Emirates and Scotland.

There has been criticism of the trips with the country saying at a time when Malawi is facing several challenges including financial woes, the travels are unnecessary.

Charles Zatuwa Kamanga said: "Those travels will not benefit Malawians... we have seen African leaders just staying in their office but their country developing. This guy is a motivational speaker contrary to what is happening on the ground.

Jackson Mhango pointed out: "Campaign promises will betray all of them. People's anger is just building up like a person doing weight lifting."

Hensaw Happiness described Chakwera in terms of the transport company: "Siku transport again! Today here! Tomorrow there!

But Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako said the President's travels are aimed at improving its international relations and contributing at global summits.

"People need to understand the fact that such trips accord the President an opportunity to discuss some key issues that will help bail out Malawi," Kazako said.

Kazako explained that the president highly appreciates the nature of such meetings and the need to physically attend.

He disclosed the President does not travel to squander public resources but rather to find better ways to ease challenges rocking the country.

Chakwera's Itinerary shows he will be in Kenya from 19th to 21st October where he will hold bilateral talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta.

Then he will be a guest of honor at the 2021 Mashujaa (Heroes) Day before meeting Maimunah Mohd Sharif who is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Program.

Chakwera will then while there deliver a keynote address at the Malawi Investment Forum.

The President will attend the fifth Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community from 24th to 27th October in Dubai. He will among other activities meet top business gurus in Dubai.

Then Chakwera will then proceed to Scotland to attend the high level segment of the 26th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 26). From there he will also while there hold talks with the First Minister of Scotland.