President Peter Mutharika is expected back home today after leaving the United States of America yesterday where he fulfilled a number of engagements, including addressing the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (Unga.
The President was seen off from Hilton Midtown Hotel by two Cabinet—Jean Kalirani (Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare) and Cecilia Chazama (Civic Education, Culture and Community Development)—and Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Mission Loti Dzonzi.
Mutharika left through JFK International Airport and is expected to arrive home at 12.30pm through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA).
In a statement last Thursday, the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) announced that the President would return home today, breaking the silence barely a day after several media houses, including The Nation and Capital Radio, reported that government officials were tight-lipped on the precise day the President would return home.
In a brief statement on presidential public programme issued yesterday, Chief Secretary to the OPC Lloyd Muhara said Mutharika is expected to arrive home at 12.30pm today.
The President left the country for New York on September 15 with a reported 19-member delegation for the annual general assembly held from September 19 to 25.
Besides attending the Unga, Mutharika was also expected to make at least 12 statements in other several side event meetings.
During the 71st session of Unga last year, Mutharika’s trip was also shrouded in secrecy after he took nearly a month to return home after the general assembly ended. n
*Background and context by The Nation