Crosscheck your facts- APM tells media

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President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has rebuffed calls for his resignation by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for what they call a bloated entourage to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), describing the call as baseless and uncalled for.


Mutharika said this at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe as he was responding to a question raised by Capital Fm reporter Joseph Mazizi.

When Mutharika was in New York, the media reports were awash with speculations that the UNGA trip has cost Malawians a fortune of MK 300 Million as allowances and travel costs for over 100 delegates that accompanied the first citizen to the summit.

But during the press briefing Mutharika clarified that the figure is 106 people were really given visas by the US embassy not because they will be sponsored by the Malawi government but because entrance to the summit is per country not individual.

He said it was wrong to spread rumors that would only hurt the country more in the process scaring away investors. Reacting to the call, Mutharika said he has explained everything in detail and there is no need for him to resign.

“Tell whosoever is advocating for this that I won’t resign. I am not here for money, I came to Malawi only to help while already rich,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika also warned media houses in the country to tread careful in there reporting, saying this kind of reporting is dragging the country backward.

On economic performance, Mutharika said all the challenges being experienced in the country were created by opposition People’s Party (PP).

He said the DPP government assumed 158 billion domestic debt that it is trying to pay back.

He said Government among others is struggling to meet its wage bill because the civil service has a lot of people more than government can afford to pay.

He however said his administration is optimistic that by end of five years Malawi will revive its economy and everything will be back on track.

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