President NOT Flying To UN General Assembly, Will Attend Meeting Virtually
President Emmerson Mnangagwa will this year not be flying out to New York, to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in person. Instead, the President will be attending the meeting virtually.
Even though there is limited physical presence allowed, President Mnangagwa has opted to deliver his speech virtually via video conferencing.
His counterpart, Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera recently came under fire after he opted to fly to the United Kingdom to attend a virtual summit. Chakwera justified his trip to the UK to attend The Global Education Summit, arguing that the internet in his country is unreliable.
Chakwera initially planned to travel to the virtual summit with a 61-person delegation. This was turned down by the UK government which asked him to trim his delegation to 10 as there was a limited physical presence. The UK government was also meeting the costs of the Malawi delegation’s trip. President Chakwera then travelled with a 10 member entourage which included his wife, First Lady Monica Chakwera; daughter Violet Lillie and the President’s son-in-law Sean Kampondeni, who is State House director of communications.
Below is the statement from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba on why the president has opted to attend the conference virtually.
This year’s United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to take place from 21st to 27th September 2021, in New York, the United States of America. Key issues and decisions are set to be discussed and decided on in the course of the General Assembly. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the Assembly have recommended a hybrid Assembly where Member States have an option to either attend physically through country delegations, or virtually through online platforms.In light of the continuing Covid-19 global threat, and to allow for the consolidation of reforms and recovery of our Economy whose fundamentals are pointing in a positive trajectory, His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, has this year decided not to attend the United Nations General Assembly in person. Instead, he will participate virtually via video conferencing. This mode includes his pre-recorded Address which is slotted for Thursday, 23rd September 2021, and any other High-Level Meetings occurring on the sidelines of the Main Debate.
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