Malawi to buy another presidential jet

Malawi government has hinted that it will consider purchasing another president tial plane State House confirmed that President Peter Mutharika chartered the Jet from Malawi to Dubai where he connected on a commercial flight to the United States.

Mutharika: Mist over his US trip

Mutharika: Mist over his US trip

The State House has since justified the hiring of the jet to Dubai, saying it t was done for the convenience of the President in getting into America without further flight delays as the connection from Dubai is direct to the USA.

The costs of the travel bill have not been disclosed.

Critics questioned the cost effectiveness of chartering aircrafts for the president when he is on foreign trips.

Malawi government has hinted on the idea of purchasing another presidential jet as  Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said expenses associated with chartering aircrafts for the President can be avoided by simply buying a presidential jet once the economy recovers.

“In all fairness every country needs a presidential jet for convenient travelling; and as government we still think it was a mistake to sell the jet that was bought,” said Nankhumwa told a local paper.

He said much as some people advocate for the president to be using public flights, there are several setbacks with that arrangement including loss of time.

“The President experiences a lot of inconveniences like time losses in flight connections, and hence affecting his programmes whenever he is on public flights,” Nankhumwa said.

Immediate past president Joyce Banda  sold the country’s 14-seat Dassault Falcon 900EX  presidential jet, as part of cost-cutting measures.

Her predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, was strongly criticised for buying the jet seven years ago at a cost of about $13.3m (£8.5m).

Donors cut aid to Malawi by $4.4 million after the purchase.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa.

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78 thoughts on “Malawi to buy another presidential jet”

  1. jackson mabokngwane says:

    zikugwilizandia ndi ma wealth declarations anu osinthasintha aja. ayi sanali 8 anali 2 ……………………. tiyeni nazoni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bongolwethu jayiya says:

    alomwe tsopano, yanu ija nthawi yanu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ben says:

    Bwana Nankhumwa apa nde mwayankhula ngati omayi , Apresident athu ngati akupita kukapempha chithandizo samangopita ayi pamakhala appointment booking ndi zina zotero
    nde mukati ndege ikugulidwa kuti abwana azifulumila izo nde nzankutu ndege siziyenda ngati minibus zathu za ndilande ayi zili ndi nthawi nde abwanawo ngati ali ndi meeting yokapempha nkucha munthu uma bookhilatu ndende and next airport umaipeza ina straight away according to your bookings ,apa kuti tigule ndege yathu yathu sikuti tikusunga chuma ayi koma kuononga ,ndege ya private sikuti angoti abwanawo meeting mawa then azinyamuka ayi ,pali kulipira airspace , pilot wathuyo sikuti zingolipidwa ndege ikayenda ayi ameneyo olo ndege isayende zake zayenela zilowe pa mwezi basi nanga kumene ndegeyo ikukatela sibwalo la chileka ayi ,kaya abwana akhalako 20 days pamene ndegeyo yayima pakhala pakulipidwa .nde zankutu mukunena kuti ma flight delays apa nza manu osati kusunga chuma ayi , look at the hospitals and look how much this ndege is gonna cost,ndalama imeneyo sitingapulumutse miyoyo ya anthu ena mzipatamu kodi ? nde akulu akulu zinazi they have to go public let the people vote if there is need for private jet , ine yanga ote ndi yotsutsilatu

  4. Dum says:

    Wankazi uja anabwera chifukwa cha wamuna uja. Palibe wabwino apa.

  5. fomboni al hilal says:

    Aneba akalemela ndikugula galimoto iwe usawatengele. Iwe ndikusawuka kwako ingogula njinga basi.

  6. elton ndojime mapira says:

    Ijayi anagulitsira dyera.igudwe basiiiiiiiii!!!peter ndimakina guyz

  7. It was a grave mistake to sell the other Jet ndale zachizimayi anthu ena akunyoza sanakwelepo ndi ndege yomwe. Sadziwa kuti pali mayiko ena a mu Africa momwe muno to fly there you must go to Europe first?????? Ndegeyo zikhala ya munthu ndi ya Boma. Kamuzu anamanga zinyumba pano akugonamo ndani?? So buy it, it will be government property who ever comes after Peter will use it as well.

  8. issah says:

    Not like that ife tukufuna muthu otukula ziko aziphanga misewu ndi kusegula macampony kuti athu tisama thawe kupita zikho lawene

  9. Rev.hesaw says:

    Amalawi bwanji timatsalira mbuyo nthawi zonse?dziko mpaka kukhala opanda ndege ndiimodzi yomwe? olo kusaukako ndiye taonjezatu.

  10. Jabex says:

    Ndenge igulidwe basi ife sitiyimva imeneyo. Kodinso ulipo mtundu wina woti ungayendetse dziko lino kuposa ife???????????????????????? Kaya ndikukayika!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. ochewa says:

    Gulani dziko lanji lopanda ndege

  12. Mavuto Jasten says:

    Its not fair vote yanga ndinaononga iwill never vote again stupied

  13. brutsha says:

    Ndiye wina aziti Africa is poor because of white people. We are the architect of our our poverty. Much as the office of the president deserves that, I don’t think it’s a priority. Malawi is in economic mess. My God!

  14. Daudi says:

    It z a gud development

  15. Magengena says:

    Stupid

  16. DOBO says:

    Kuno ku Malawi anthu amalwa m’boma ndicholinga chokaseretsa ndalama za msonkho osati kulongosola zithu

  17. dumakude says:

    Let him buy the plane sanje zilekani munthu uyu nipresdent withu thererfor he deserve to those things actuary ndege yinkhala yaboma osati yakhe.malawi always kutsalila pachitukuko bwanji kodi<<<<

  18. Magengena says:

    Anakanika kuyendetsa ministry (Education) dziko ndi pafupi.Lomwezi have failed us.No sign of economic potential let us try other tribes.Khope munaphwanyitsa.Sorry

  19. Namukachapa says:

    This confirms traits I’ve observed in the Mutharikas: arrogance, lack of humility and self-indulgence. In some ways this guy is actually worse and more out of touch than his brother was.

  20. Mtumbuka says:

    Uku ndiye kudya masanzi

  21. Alungwana says:

    The most stupid and selfish idea the Muntharika’s have always had. What do you think of a poor Malawian you idiots’

  22. nothing we can put on comment!we just follow your footsteps & clap your hands!!your decision wil b criticised 2morrow & not 2-dy

  23. Chimani. Game says:

    Hahaha,small,kahuna,Kota,nyani,amen eye,

  24. During Dr. Kamkhwala Banda Malawi had a presidential jet, why didnt Dr. Bakiri sell it? He was wise, kept using it though on &off for he knew, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. And the donors kept helping mw. Kunabwera Prof. Bingu chitsulo cha njanji, anagulitsa ndege ija anthu analankhula koma items anatenga ndalama ija nkuonjezerapo pangono, pachoko waka, ndi kugula ijayi. People talked & talk, anangobwera abiti. Mtira J B bulangete ataika pa phewa anagulitsa kumadya dollar ngati mandazi zitawatopetsa kumaika mma gaamoto, mkumaomberana inu amalawi mukuona. JB anali mmodzi opanga madonazi donors) kuti asapereke aid, ankafuna kuti azazipwinthe ndalama munthawi yake. Anazipwinthadi inu anthu otengeka munangoti phee, tulo ati. Pano kufuna kugula ndegei ina mwayambaso kubwetuka,
    Ine ndikuti iwe Boma gula ina ndege, koma uyambe waonetsetsa kuti anthu lako ali ndi mmera, pwanya yokwana coz sindulufuna njala nanga ya 2002 izawonekeso muno mdziko. Mw mmalo motukuka tikulowa pansi chonsecho tiri ndi ma Profs, Dr, lawyers and ßo many highly qualified figures.
    Dzuka Malawi dzuka

  25. vincent chigalu says:

    Joyce banda made a mistake to sell the president jet,look now government is spending so much money for hiring president jet which we had already before

  26. vilimumu says:

    mr nankhumwa, what time does he waste and to whose loss is it? be reasonable at times and set ur priorities upright. why you politicians always assume life; this is the same Malawi u live in. i say no to such advancements if u r to survive politically.

  27. chejali says:

    Kkkkkk ndege inyake

  28. Piper says:

    It’s because so much aid goes to leaders like him that countries like Malawi remain so poor even after billions have been donated by the West

    Jonathan Foreman, expert in UK aid

  29. Nathan says:

    Ndi uchitsiru womwe timanenawo! Umphawi wonse uli mu Malawi basi muziganiza zogula Jet? Ufiti, chani?

  30. Ishmael Chitanganya says:

    Our problem is that were after politics at all which is not good at all,let’s we concetrate our time to develop our country otherwise ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  31. musa says:

    ameneyo ndiye fodya bwanji ndalamazo wosagula chimanga

  32. muthalika u r a witch, u mean u don’t think of poor malawians esh!!!! kaya poti ine sindinakuvotere, mdinaziwa kuti ndi ofoira

  33. VICKY says:

    Mavuto omwe ajatu awa

  34. clockd says:

    Mmmm bwanji za njala kaye? Tawuzani a malawi za komwe mukapeze chakudya osati ndegeso.

  35. Dr Titoh says:

    Good movie mr P

  36. Alex Likoswe says:

    Back to the basics. Read a speech by Namibian President -National Address . We in Jbourg we think this guy is better than Joyce. But if he start looking for luxury, then it’s a problem

  37. Reasonable Man says:

    Ka 13 million ndi ka chani? Creflo Dollar amafuna agule yake ya 65 million

  38. malawi sudan says:

    thats my president good idea presidential jet is a deal more APM

  39. Amalawi Mavuto Akunyasalande Ndimanyasa Omwewo Angawafutokozele Bwino Lomwe Tsopano Izi Zikukambindwa Apa Kwaineyo Zilibe Mutu Posiyanitsa Ndi Anthu Amene Angakwele Ndenge Komaso Anthu Amene Angavutike Ndinjala Ndalama Zitaonongendwa Pogula Chithu Chodula Kwambiri Koma Chili Chogwilitsa Ntchito Munthu Mmodzi. ……Its Noses

  40. James mwandama says:

    I am not pro DPP Koma Malawi let’s be proud of our country ziti president should use commercial airlines nzaukape zed I. BwAnji kodi????

  41. Kenkkk says:

    Am no supporter of dpp or indeed Peter but on this matter I agree with the govt and I have always supported a presidential jet. The president needs the jet for convenience of travel and avoiding embarassments. I am sure a business case for it can be formulated to convince the budget support donors of the need for the jet before we buy it, then we can have some credibility for at least consulting them.

    The only real issue here is when should this jet be bought in view of the economic difficulties we are facing and how it will be used. In the long run it will make huge transport costs savings on a president who travels with a large unnecessary entourage or hang-ons. It will be stupid to make transport cost savings only to be overrun with huge accommodation costs by the large entourage. Sometimes there is a fine line between govt business and private personal travels and it can lead to abuse of the jet.

    There are many other issues to consider such as How many trips abroad does the president make each year to justify a presidential jet? If many trips are made, then probably there is a need for the jet but if only 2-3 trips abroad, then probably not. Also will the jet be used a lot on domestic travels say to chitipa or nsanje and other districts within the country? Will it replace car travels domestically?

    Also should we go for a brand new one or second hand? How will it be purchased? We don’t want any corrupt deals that jeopardizes tax payers money. It should be a straight honest purchase, paid for and without any stupid deleterious terms and conditions. It is importaNt that the jet is bought from reliable sources not crooks. It should be properly checked and inspected to ascertain that it is in good condition with a good maintenance log book if bought second hand.

    Who is going to pilot it? Malawian or foreign pilot? It will be very costly for a foreign pilot to fly it.

    I rest my contribution to this topic.

  42. JOZEY IBUKU says:

    THAS GOOD IDEA ,KOMANO YOYAMBA IJA ILI KUTI?GANIZILANI VAT YATHU.

  43. Vavlov says:

    Does Malawi need a president; more especially as the country’s income is there primarily to serve the president, when people are starving and others dying due to inadequate medical care?

  44. Tweenies says:

    Some other people are butch of assholes, If you have nothing constructive to say just shut up and eff off.

  45. Mbanangwa says:

    I do not believe what is written above. One can fly from RSA to America, direct route 18-20 hours to Quebec. Connecting in Dubai is a lie, there are so many routes check ith different travel agents. Who do you want to fool!

  46. Musova mumavota nokha.

  47. Bengo says:

    Ndege siyapeter munthalika abale inunso mukadzalowa mboma mudzayendera yomweyo ikadzakukwanani mudzagulitse ndalamazo kukagula chimanga poti china mudzakhala mutawoletsa

  48. Thomas says:

    APM think about people those chased frm South Africa now ur country ll be poor than any country in Africa if u go to Northern Provice u ll c development is from South Africa now u ll c how ur money

  49. Kika Kanawe says:

    I cry for my beloved country ,koma Malawi aaaaaaaaaaaaah!

  50. Chris luka says:

    Mukufuna muyambepo tsano zakumva gamanizo anu okha malume musatelo bola ndalamazo mutipatse malovafe kt tiyambile mabizinezi osiyanasiyana

  51. Viva says:

    Munthu osayenda ngati uyu jet yachani…tidikire President okonda mmakomo ngati Muluzi

  52. vyakuchitika says:

    36% of Malawian voters. Mavotavota, ndizimezotu.

  53. Malindima says:

    It is unfortunate that individual rich people whose wealth is not even more than that of Malawi have jets. Even some companies have jets for the convenience of their CEOs. Really the whole President whose security is very critical should brush shoulders with ordinary passengers in the economy class? Someone has cited Iamn Khama as an example of a President coming from a well to do country hiking a plane. This is his personal wish and may be he is the only. Even Kamuzu could hire the whole Boeing 737 for a full month and stay in the most expensive hotel in London. Yes he did this and yet the Donors could not say anything.

    Every country needs a private jet just as good as many individual people in Malawi have cars which they even straggle to buy fuel. It is good for security and convenience to the top Government CEO.

  54. Mr.Bambo says:

    A Dog shall remain a dog forever,be it Blue,Yellow,Purple or all combined.To avoid being late for meetings the principle is just leave very early.What nonsense is this that am hearing here?Bullshit.

  55. jimbo says:

    The Prime Minister of the UK frequently flies to meetings in European countries and occasionally to countries outside Europe, but he doesn’t have a private jet plane. He uses ordinary flights from London. Why does the President of Malawi need to charter a plane to take him on his travels? Is he too grand to wait for a connecting flight like everyone else? He certainly does NOT need his own private jet. Who does he thing he is? Frankly I give up on Malawi and its government. The very last thing on the President’s mind should be a private jet when there are so many problems besetting his country. The sooner Malawians rise up and kick this imposter out the better for the country. He looks set to follow the exact same path as his late brother. Are Malawians just going to sit back and watch?

  56. Joseph says:

    You want convinience and to get early wherever you are going? LEAVE EARLY! It wont even cost you a cent! Flushing money you don’t have won’t solve problems FOR YOU. But ofcourse, we are not talking about a normal thinking rational gvt here anyway…

  57. nomono says:

    Mbuzi ya munthu!

  58. Amuna Enieni says:

    Mukuti agule jet kuti asamavutike poipita kukapempha?
    Minions kuti munthu atayimika Bently yake potelopo ndikumapempa ndalama kwa anthu kuti mafuta amuthera?

  59. Wafa basi!!! says:

    Kaya tixiona amwene!!!!!

  60. Wake UP Anthu says:

    What is wrong with the Mutharika’s? Wasting and looting public funds seems to be their speciality. The President of Malawi, a poor country, must follow the example of the President of Botswana, the richest country in the region, who accompanied only by two officials, flew Business Class on South African Airways from Johannesburg to Australia to get to Fiji for the Commonwealth Heads of State Conference. When they reached Australia, they missed the flight to Fiji, but instead of chartering a plane to fly them to Fiji, the President travelled Economy Class on the next flight as Business Class was full.
    Why did Mutharika have to fly to Dubai? Instead of flying to Johannesburg from where there are direct flights to USA? Was he opening a bank account in Dubai? Cashgate carries on.

  61. Charombanthu says:

    There we go!! We are back to where we left off. Next will be sending home the American/ British/EU etc Ambassador for criticising the move, national budget crises, VP saga, and then no fuel in the country, no forex, July 20 demonstrations, midnight six and we start over and over again. What is wrong with this country??? OMG.

  62. Charlie Hebdo says:

    Stop useless trips in the name of selling Malawi first, then we can consider buying another presidential trip. What has the president really brought back from the USA? What are the roles of the Malawi Embassy in Washington if it needs the whole president to go to USA to woo investors? We better close the embassy and assign its roles to the president to justify his gallivanting.

  63. Nsanje port says:

    Nzathu zomwe

  64. The gambler says:

    Now its high time Malawi should wakeup. Why spending huge sum of dollars on an individual when a lot of Malawians are dying with poverty. Use that money to construct ice schools, hospitals, better roads etc things that will benefit a lot of Malawians rather than on …………

  65. EDSON JOWELO says:

    payamba tidziwe ina ija idayenda bwanji ? ndipo muzigula inayo nanga hule lija basi kulisiya choncho ayi tiyeni nalo liyankhe basi

  66. Kanyimbi says:

    This must be a long term project. Perhaps 10 years plan.

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  68. Salama says:

    The very disappointing fact is that after everything else, stealing, kuzunza anthu osauka, kupondereza ogwira ntchito m’boma omwe si a mtundu wanu, you will leave everything behind and will start rotting on the same day your heart surrenders,, its sad that you politicians never learn, or you tend to forget too soon, or now you think you are greater than God, please read the book of Ecclessiastes, it contains some real life lessons for greedy people like you politicians. go ahead and buy the Jet, so that your life is complete, while the majority of us are languishing in abjecct poverty. thank you very much and have fun flying your new jet Sir once you have successfully purchased it!

  69. ujeni says:

    Don’t come back and call Zuma names when he lectures at us. We have wrong priorities and we deserve to be the poorest in the world. You cannot just believe this happening to a poor country like Malawi.

  70. Wongani Byrain Mvula says:

    Yes it is true that Malawi is very poor country in africa, but its more than redicurous having no such a jet. Thank you P Mtharika. Mwatichosa manyazi.

  71. Matty SA says:

    This is absolutely good! A president needs to have one jet! No matter how the poor the country is but it will help kuti Peter azipiyta mumayiko olemera kukapempha Chithandizo without delays.

  72. Mtonga wa pa phata says:

    Kodi yoyamba ija ili kuti? Bwanji titadziwa kaye and then decide? Munangomusiyila hule lija kuti pasi lipindile ndalama pa chitenje? Osagula ayi we dont need it./ Misewu bwanji siikukonzedwa nde ndege adzikwera ndi angati? AYI

  73. Gulani..Gulani…ma jet 40…..50…bola ine mundigulilenso…
    Bola ndalama zisabedwe mukamagula….anThu inu ndimakifIwani bwino….

    Paja ndalama zomwe munagulitsila Jet ina yija zilikutiko

  74. Toy B wakungodzi james says:

    mwayambapo agalu inu.Kuzolowera kudyera maliro.Gulani mudzikwera popita mukuti mkwamereka!

  75. Wadya Kake alibe mbiri says:

    HeheHehe zayambika, a Malawi kusachedwa kuyiwala kaya zanu izo munasankha nokha (ngatidi anawina mwachilungamo). Mbava zimenezi zitibela koopsya.

  76. OGO!! says:

    On a serious note..this kind of extravagance is uncalled for. U can connect to the US from Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia. And surely govt could have made arrangements as such. Kenya/SA/Ethiopian fly into/out of Malawi and also fly direct to the US. Its an expenditure that Malawi can do without.

    Ganizilani miyoyo ya anthu anu..akusowa makhwala mzipatala and mukufuna kumawa lipilitsa as well…kuti muzimwaza ndalama chonchi..its not fair. Mulungu azakulanganitu anthu inu..the issues of 2012 should have changed your very souls kuti life experiences can change suddenly..sinthani!!!

  77. Ndatha Ine says:

    Kodi how many trips does the president make in a year to justify buying a plane? Hiring is far much cheaper. No salaries for crew, money for fuel or airport fees. If Peter Mutharika had used a Malawi jet for his 2 week stay in USA, the parking fees would have been substantial.

  78. Emmatuwa says:

    mungofuna kuba ndalama inu ndani amene akukudziwani

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