4817Re: [ujeni] news
- Sep 15, 2005USG Per Diem rates for NY are: $153 for hotel and $42 for food. You can get
quite a nice hotel, eat at McDonalds and pocket the rest, and make quite a
pretty penny...if embassy receptions were any indication, people will be
stuffing jacket pockets and purses with food frmo the hor d'oeuvres and
So, I wonder why no one sees a hypocracy with nine presidential palaces, all
with satellite tv (does the regular bambo have tv yet in Malawi?) and a
true president would make his whole cabinet or Secretary of Housing live in
the squatter area until they fix it.
And the Secretary/Minister of Health could not send his sick family member
to London for medical care, but rather Kamuzu/Muluzi/Bingu National
Hospital, and bring his own medicine that he had to go to the srugstore and
buy, and the gloves, and syringes, and anesthesia, etc....
And the Minister of Education could not send his kid to that British school,
or to Eton, but rather in one of the public schools....
Oh, sorry, I was reading a chapter of Sir Thomas More's
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Don & Cathy Weber" <weber@...>
Subject: Re: [ujeni] news
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 07:26:35 -0700
Poor Bingu. What a bum wrap...complaints about a $300/day expense allowance
in New York City! As it is, that may get him into a Best Western as long
as he eats at McDonalds. (wonder what the U. S. expense allowance is for
President and entourage??? But, hey, we're rich.) One does wonder what
the size of his entourage maight be, though...oh, those entourages. And re.
another Chumbler article....yea to the Brits for the $9 mil. Cathy
> Bingu's entourage to get double allowance
> by Gedion Munthali, 08 September 2005 - 05:30:18
> Government has approved payment of foreign travel allowances at double
> normal rate to members of President Bingu wa Mutharika's entourage to theand
> United Nations General Assembly.
> "A recommendation that entourage members be paid foreign travel allowance
> at double the normal rate has been made to the appropriate authorities
> they have since been approved," reads a September 1, 2005 letter fromsource.
> Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Malawi News Agency, asking for the
> release of two journalists to cover Mutharika.
> The letter says Mutharika will depart on September 12, 2005 and arrive in
> New York on September 13, 2005. He will spend six days in New York where
> he will, among other things, address the General Assembly. He will then
> depart for London on September 19, 2005. What he will be doing in the
> English capital has not been specified.
> "In view of this programme, it is expected that media personnel should
> arrive in New York by September 12, 2005, and thereafter depart New York
> in accordance to the presidential itinerary," reads the letter.
> The normal rate is $150 per day.
> Foreign Affairs Minister Davis Katsonga defended the double rate
> allowances on Wednesday.
> "Rules do not come from my ministry," said Katsonga. "Countries are
> categorised in terms of cost."
> He said the double rate was called for because New York is expensive.
> "Let people not see these allowances as just a luxury," he argued. "You
> would not want the presidential entourage to reside in the United States
> version of Malawi's Manyowe," he said referring to a squatter residential
> area in Blantyre.
> He declined to mention how many people will be part of the entourage.
> Secretary to Treasury Patrick Kabambe declined to comment on whether it
> was normal to pay people allowances at a double rate.
> "Our job at Treasury is to provide resources, and make sure that they are
> being used within the approved parameters," said Kabambe.
> He referred the reporter to the Office of the President and Cabinet.
> "They may have sought the approval of OPC in that case," Kabambe said.
> Chief Secretary for the President and Cabinet Bright Msaka, and Chief
> Secretary for Public Service Charles Matabwa could not be reached for
> Secretary for Human Resource Sam Madula, whose department formulates the
> allowances, was out of his office. However, a source in the department
> disclosed that a special rate of one and a half applies for places which
> are deemed expensive.
> "In this case they should have been paid $225, not $300," said the
> This is happening when President Bingu wa Mutharika and the UnitedNations
> are appealing for funds for food due to the looming hunger in thecountry.
> Last month Mutharika launched the Feed the Nation Fund to mitigate the
> impending hunger while the United Nations this month appealed to the
> international community to provide nearly K11 billion for food as well as
> emergency agricultural assistance.
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