Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera’s choice of committee members to travel with him to the United Kingdom (UK) to attend a virtual conference, continues to face widespread disapproval for his blatant display of nepotism in the selection.
Recall that last week the East African President was met with criticism for having to travel to the UK to attend a virtual event. He was alleged to have said his action was necessitated by the poor internet connection in his country.
Chakwera left his country to attend the Global Education Summit hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Malawi, being one of the beneficiaries of the programme, needed representation.
The Malawi President listed 10 delegates who accompanied him on the journey, including four members of his nuclear family. He was also reported to have dropped the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
When confronted by a reporter during an interview, he said his daughter was included in the delegation to take care of his wife who is not feeling well and to give physical support.
Brian Branda, the government’s spokesman, told The Cable that the president did not travel to the UK because of poor internet connection in Malawi.
“I did not say that, and nobody at the palace said that; this is the work of our detractors and we have issued a statement of all the engagements the president is going to have in London,” he said.
People have since taken to the internet to express disappointment in his decisions and accuse him of nepotism.