Malawi Govt Bars Muluzi From Attending Mandela’s Funeral:It Was Cost-Cutting Measure-BJ
Former president Bakili Muluzi has accused government of preventing him from attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Muluzi said his office requested funding for the trip but government refused to release the funds on the basis that it was too broke.
The information and civic education minister Brown Mpinganjira said the decision to deny Muluzi funds was part of austerity measures government is implementing in the wake of donor aid freeze.
“If people are accusing president Banda of wasting resources for attending the funeral, what more if it was the former president? said Mpinganjira.
Mpinganjira said government could have loved to send Muluzi and all former veeps but it has no money.