Consortium demands Malawi jet probe outcome

Civil Society Youth Consortium (CSYC), a grouping of 300 youths organisations in the country has asked President Peter Mutharika government to explain to the nation the outcome of the investigations into a sale of the presidential jet by former President Joyce Banda .

Malawi Presidential jet up for sale

Malawi Presidential jet sold

Government said it launched the probe last year to establish the truth about the disposal of French-made jet to Bohnox Enterprises Limited, a subsidiary of Paramount Group, a South Africa-based defence and military equipment supplier and how the proceeds from the sale were used.

The sale of the jet, whose purchase by the administration of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika was also littered with controversies, raised a number of questions in the way it was sold and as to how the money was used.

The then PP Government initially gave conflicting explanations on the sale of the jet, including how the State had used the proceeds of the jet–prompting some donors such as the United Kingdom, opposition parties and civil society organisations (CSOs) to demand an investigation into the sale.

It however later transpired that the jet was “battered off” to offset a $19 million debt owed to Paramount Group.

The previous administration then further claimed it was not aware that Bohnox was part of the Paramount Group.

The  public demanded justice and accountability on the sale of the jet.

CSYC National chair John Thawe and Publicity Secretary Kenneth Mtago, said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times: “We demand that all those who were part and parcel of the deal in 2013 to be held accountable and brought to state sanctioned legal apparatus for explanation.”

The youth network has also demanded that the donor community, which pushed for the sale of the jet, should help the current government to attain a swift probe into how the proceeds were used.

“We understand some of the stakeholders in that deal are multinational corporations, as such the donor’s intervention with foreign governments will facilitate production of relevant documents and information of what really happened.”

The network says failing to address the two demands within 30 days the network will mobilise the youths and concerned  Malawians in general to stage anti government demonstrations

“We demand that all our requests to government should be addressed within 30 days from publication of this statement failing which we will mobilize the youth across the country to initiate a citizens’ arrest to everyone who was part and parcel of the decision-making and the actual sale of the jet in 2013,” reads the statement in part.

The grouping says Malawians should always demand accountability at any stage of state affairs.

The Dassault Falcon 900EX jet bought in 2009 cost Malawi almost $22m, a move that angered western donors who claimed that the jet was partly bought using donor funds aimed at uplifting the impoverished citizenry.

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chadza kwayani
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Ngati mwasowa chochita pitani Ku chimbudzi mukaphwrtse n’khuto

Nyipi
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Mukumatipusitsa choona mukuchidziwa. Ndalama za ndegezo adya nawo, that’s why akumachedwa kutiuza zoona zake. Onsewo ndi mbava. Palibe chipani chomwe chidzalamulire boma osaba. Dyera lakula!!!

Gwamula
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The then Officers in the Jet gate are around, who needs the information, the then Minister can provide the information, we have the ODPP, we have in country retired army officers, we have active army officers who saw the Jet off. This attitude of Plato devil’s advocate its not own. You mean this DPP government failed to track the jet sale. Its a joke by this youth organisation that seem to be playing devi’s advocate!

Phwado
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Zayambika, tiyeni nawo anamachende ndi anamabumbuwa.Tiotche basi zitsiluzi!Boma likuchedwa chifuwa onse ndi mbava.Tigwire tokha mfitizi.More fire.

nicca
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kodi mukufunanso amai asinthe maganizo angolengeza kumene kuti akubwera mwayambapo za ndege, kodi mmesa amma ananena kut ndalama iwo anagulira chimanga kut ana amalawi asafe ndi njala afotokoze bwa nji amma

Kanyimbi
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za ziii basi. Mukumatumana kuti mutipusitse.

Sopo Walala
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Achinyata Anzeru Inu, Mukufuna Mudziwe Za Ndege, Osati Zitsiru Zimati Zikasuta Chamba Zimangotukwana President, Zamkutu. More Fire

emmah
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Koma ndi zoona tikufunardi Ife amalawi tidziewe kuti ndalama zake zinapita kuti chifukwa boma lapita linali kuba kwambiri mopanda chison chonde pano anthu akusoweka ndalama anabaiba kodi akadapanda ndalama akanakhala kunja amai amenewa ndiye mbava nambala wani chonde Nlama za ndege zioneke basi

blessing saizi
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My friend which stupid youths are you mobilizing? Ma youths apano amadziwa kukasaka money not all of us are like you a bunch of rotten bananas funded by disgruntled politicians to try and claim what does not belong to you. Fools!

sapitwa
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The Youth are exercising their Democratic Right about the Jet and nothing else. They must be heard. Osawaphatikizira zina ai. Iwo akuti ndege osati Njaunju, or K92b or K577b ai. Ndege basi, zinazo mukufuna ndi inu, funsani nokha.

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