Malawi President cannot travel economy class, Goodall tells parliament

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has  said President Peter Mutharika cannot travel economy class despite a motion that prevents government officials from using business class in aeroplanes.

Goodall:  President will continue to have the luxury of business class

Goodall: President will continue to have the luxury of business class

Gondwe said this in parliament when he presented a K906 million budget for State Residences.

Lilongwe Mpenu South MP Vitus Dzoole Mwale had asked what comes of Nkhotakota South-East MP, Everson Makowa-Mwale,motion which seeks all public and civil servants to use economy class when travelling.

Gondwe said the motion does not concern the Head of State.

“You mean the President should travel economy class?” Gondwe shot back to which the MP said no.

Following the motion which was supported by both the opposition and government sides, it is illegal for those in government travel in business class which costs thrice as much as economy class.

Mutharika has resorted to using passenger planes because of the state of the economy but he has not travelled since he lost his bag last year on a flight from South Africa to Rome.

But the bag was later traced and recovered.

The government also gagged the inquisitive legislators when they were scrutnising the Malawi Defense Force vote.

Some members of parliament whose constituencies share Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Lilongwe asked the rationale of using Malawi Army soldiers to guard trees whilst accusing the soldiers of killing and torturing people in their respective areas.

Leader of the House George Chaponda however said these were security matters which cannot be discussed in public.

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Aunt Tio
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2 months 27 days ago

Hahahahah watopa ndikukwera ma minbus mpakaka kuiwala bag nanga mingwanya yako inali KT iwe Pitala ndiye ufuna uzikwera taxi yakoyako vitsiru nose

Wase
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Wase
2 months 29 days ago

This money is too little for the country or may be it was wrongly quoted Mk906 Million. Too little

Nyachikwezga
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Nyachikwezga
2 months 30 days ago

A good example of the president who really understood the needs of his people and fought for the people is the Former president of Uruguay- Jose Mujica. Watch his interview with the Aljzeera correspondents on YouTube and you will learn a lot about being a progressive president who wears the common suit of the commoners.

kukhala
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kukhala
2 months 30 days ago

THE HEAD OF STATE MUST FORGO TRAVELLING AND DELEGATE TO MINISTERS PERIOD.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
2 months 30 days ago
Malawians,at this time of Malawi’s economic tumultuous path in the history of our nation,the Head of State enjoys travelling on exuberant class while looking down the earth,myriad of Malawians go on empty stomachs,in the hospitals,our patients are dying truculent deaths for lack of medicines,their beds are full of bugs which also add miserable life in the dilapidated hospitals while the chosen ones are flown to foreign lands for medical treatment on public funds.This is the President and his closest satellites who few months back hired private Jet at exuberant costs to ferry his dead souls to go and gaze at… Read more »
pido
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pido
2 months 30 days ago

iwe uli mutumbuka wenech. hahahahahah

Issa
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Issa
2 months 30 days ago

Ife tidzigonera mbewa pomwe iyeyo akukwera business class

Mugonapamhanya
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Mugonapamhanya
2 months 30 days ago

Much as I am of the opinion that govt officials should use economy class, the idea of the head of state using economy class is both insane and ridiculous.

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