Malawians up against presidential chartered jets

Malawians writing on social media are up in arms against the DPP led government decision to continue chartering presidential jets despite the state of the country’s economy.

Mutharika travelled on a private jet

Mutharika travelled on a private jet

The presidential communication team says President Peter Mutharika will not stop using presidential jets chatered from South Africa despite the fact that the economy is down at its knees, arguing former head of state Kamuzu Banda did the same when he was in office.

But writing on Facebook, a renowned academician and columnist Stanely Onjezani Kenani wondored how the presidential communication team could compare Kamuzu, who ruled Malawi with an iron fist in one party state, to Mutharika expected to be a democrat in his leadership stylle.

A respected veteran musician simply put it on Facebook, “two wrongs do not make a right.”

Other Malawians challenged the Mutharika administration to call for snap elections to legitimise its mandate after, they said, most Malawians lost confidence in the government.

The government has come under intense criticism for taking a larger than life infamous entourage of 115 delegates to the UN general assembly, most of them DPP cadres when the same government is failing to hire more medics and teachers due to lack of money.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace CCJP National Coordinator Chris Chisoni said now that Mutharika is back amid serious concerns on his UNGA bloated entourage, he should explain to the nation to justify his actions when the country is in a social and economic disarray.

Chisoni said Mutharika “ can clear the mist” than leaving people having contradictory positions on the matter from different structures within government.

Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) Executive Director John Kapito also demanded the truth from Mutharika about the big UNGA entourage and who financed the hanger-on during the trip.

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71 thoughts on “Malawians up against presidential chartered jets”

  1. professor Sizinati says:

    May the good God intervene in the affairs of Malawi,we back in those good days,when the president could gather much courage to use language not befitting the head of state.Malawi is quickly coming offtrack in everything. This ego and pride from the president will take us no where but the dustbin.No medicines,in our hospitals,no food for the good three million over of us,bussinesses are at astandstill,workers are heavily taxed ,and the President has the guts and mouth to say to workers,”if you want to get rich go to the private sector “,which private sector ,the same that he has killed.This is not just a big joke but being insolent to Malawians.That was the worst ever press conference in the history of Malawi.Yes pali mau oti chitsiru chili ndi mwini wake but this is too much to condone.

  2. Chibanja tv says:

    It is this space that was all over the moon praising Joice Banda just only after declaring that she was going to sell the presidential jet. Then come today mukuti chani? which Malawians that are up against the chartering of the presidential jet, am I not a Malawian? Just wait for 2019 if you want to see it again that we love APM, we do not eat political skirmishes we are happy when the political landscape is smooth leave APM alone. Perhaps next time you will be very happy to hear that the state president has boarded a Munorurama bus going to a state visit elsewhere in Europe or Asia. Mtima wa nsanjewo siwukuthandizani ayi ena ndiye you just show your stupidity apa coz zomwe mumalemba zopanda ndi mchere womwe.

  3. George Hopkins Kachimanga says:

    Much as we appreciate that the economy is in bad shape, it is important not to overlook the significance of the security of the 1st citizen. Even if I were the President, I would not allow myself to travel such a long distance on commercial jets for the sake of my security. Thus this negative talk of the president using a private jet is barbaric.

    Malawians should learn to reflect on issues rather than just making noise for the sake of making noise. For instance, the purchase of the jet by late Bingu was a brilliant idea only that it was bought on a turmoil. But the stupid thing the country did through the previous government was to sell the jet. and if I recall the country was all smiles.

    Now the jet was sold.. the same people who are being critics now are the same ones who prefered hiring a jet than owning one. so which is which? stop politicising every aspect. This is not the generation to fool around with. we know what we know, see what we see, compare and contrast between facts and theorems.

    If the opposition has a plausible solution to fixing this economy, just drees up, make an appointment with the President and work with it. Thats how this generation wants things done. See what Atupele does.. Others think its childish and stupid but that the best for the country.. so pull up your socks and stop giving us your nosense and help run this country. whether the president is arrogant, silly or stupid, intelligent or wateveva you may want to describe him, just woork together.

  4. Samva za amnzake anamva nkhwanga ili mmutu

  5. Hd says:

    Zikomo mutatha kuweluza ndi ndi kunyoza dziwani kuti yesu akubwera ngati simulapa kusiya zoipazi wakumoto ine ndiye nganganga ndi yesu

  6. Whose fault is this??? Aren’t you the same Malawians who were supporting Abiti Ntila that she must sell the Jet & what did you expect? The Head if State to go by ship to USA????? They MUST charter kumene that’s what happens when you don’t have the presidential jet. We had the jet not for Mutharika but for the Malawi government but ignorant people sold it. Short sighted leaders.

  7. Dragging the men in unform to the mantle of leadership will only bring more suffering. Short term happiness yes,but long term sufferring. Try it and you will agree with me after you have experienced the iron fist of military rule.

  8. Mwako says:

    The fact is that opposition do not wish well the President. I don’t see any problem for hiring a jet, always crying without phindu

  9. zodabwitsa says:

    Ine chomwe ndikuona cholakwika ndi kuyenda ndi anthu ambirimbiri amene onsewo adaonoga ma allowance. a Pitala, muzitiganizilako ndithu ntchito tikungogwirila misonkho basi popandapo chathu ndiye ndalamazo nkumaziononga chotele! Zimatiwawa kwambiri misonkhoyi. Koma tikanena nkhani ya hire
    chattering an aeroplane, ayi ndithu sangachitile mwinamwake koma kutero ndithu nanga sipaja ndege ija ya president adagulitsa amai, nanga president yu adziyenda pa bulu!

  10. Wake Up Malawi says:

    Let me remind these fools in DPP, that Kamazu was a one man one party rule, he had no one to answer to, and anyone who complained about his hiring the Boeing 707 would have been arrested and put at Mikuyu Prison. Admittedly under Kamuzu there was economic progress but there was no freedom of speech.
    In 1994 after we Malawians fought hard for multi democracy, the one man one party rule of Kamuzu was replaced by Bakili Muluzi in the only free and fair elections we have ever had in Malawi , since the election in 1994, ALL elections have been rigged.
    In a democracy, which only on paper Malawi still is Mutharika has to be fully answerable to the people of Malawi. Instead he behaves like a dictator not accountable to anyone.
    Mutharika complains about donors cutting off aid, but he does not tell us that the donors want him to bring back the billions that his dead brother Bingu stole from the treasury, and that is why donors have cut off aid.
    Unless we Malawians wake up Mutarika will again rig in 2019, and will cost us Malawians no less that $4 billion in donor assistance.
    In a parliament full of dunderheads empty of any sense the powers that our constitution provides to MP’s to impeach and bring to account the President are not being used. Instead Chakwera and his MCP like to criticise government and Mutharika in rallies held in far away remote places behaving as it MCP is scared of Mutharika.
    We Malawians have lost the NGO’s who now are quite and so are the churches. So where to from here. Nowhere but more suffering and more poverty unless God intervenes because we Malawians are incapable of doing anything.

  11. Barracks Wake Up says:

    Malawians be proactive, do not wait for 2019 elections to replace Mutharika, pray for MCP to realise that opposition parties have to stop Mutharika’s abuse of power by impeaching Mutharika or refusing to pass the budget for his travels and Presidential convoys.
    And if MCP is failing lets pray that one day soon our beloved men and women in uniforms in the barracks will drive to Sanjika and bring to an end this President’s rule which he rigged elections to become.
    We cannot carry on as we are. I hope that our men and women are seeing and feeling the suffering of theior fellow Malawians

  12. YAKI says:

    Kodi mungo kangana apa mulindi ndenge kuti mtsogoleri azikwela? amalawi ndinu anthu okonda kulankhula koma osapeza solutions

  13. sapitwa says:

    Even If I was the President to day in this Nation with sick people who can not stop complaining at nothing, I could not waste my time listening to the many entangling advices which have no substance. Someone would even wish the President to go and stay in a standard house in Area 43 to save costs from staying in Kamuzu Palace!

    JB took a similar entourage to the UN just in 2013 and what was your conclusion? You have a Democracy with stupid opposition who are failing to use their muscles to lay down criteria for Budget spending in Parliament. Approving a Budget is one thing but spending is another! Shame!

  14. ganda says:

    HAHAHA WACHITA CHIANI UYU MPAKA PAMTENGO WA KAMUZU ZACHAMBA ABWELE AKAONE CHIPATALA CHA NKHOMA ODWALA ALEKA KUBWELA BCZ OF BIG CHARGES WHO CAN AFORD THIS?

  15. ganda says:

    I TOLD U PP CAT CAN IS WISER THAN HIM!

  16. KWANJANA BERTHA says:

    THIS OLD MAN LIKES LUXURIES LIKE A TEENAGER !!

    WHY CANT YOU BORROW A JET FROM BUSHIRI YOUR OWN MALAWIAN BROTHER ??

    BUSHIRI WILL DROP YOU IN US ATTEND YOUR MEETING LATER HE WILL PICK U UP
    HOW DO YOU LOOK AT THAT ???

    THIS WILL SAVE MONEY WHICH CAN BE USED TO BUY DRUGS ;EMPLOY OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS

    PLEASE HUMBLE YOURSELF FOR THE GOOD OF FELLOW MALAWIANS WHO CANT AFORD A THREE MEAL OUT THERE !!

  17. hastings says:

    go on finish what is rremaining in account #1, where is death to judge this nation plizzz

  18. apundi says:

    mwaziziwa, vote yanga ndinataya mmadzi ndizavotera mai nzanga basi

  19. Change says:

    This is a crueless president. I for one, I would rather have Allan Ntata be my president and not this mutharika who has no crue on governance.

  20. Rassel says:

    Bushiri give malawi one jet

  21. yuona says:

    This is the most useless president Malawi has ever had.

  22. The only Democrat Left says:

    So called false Professor Peter Mutharika does not depend on his government salaries, or Malawian to vote for him. Peter Mutharika relies on bribes he receives from awarding government contracts corruptly and rigging elections. Therefore the false Professor Peter Mutharika does’n’t care what we Malawians think of him. But one day he may be woken up by men in uniforms from Zomba and made accountable for his misdeeds.

  23. redeemed says:

    Amalawi mwandigometsa, one can’t but to sense an element of ignorance. Perhaps Economic studies should be implemented from primary level in order to afford everyone including primary dropouts a grip of how economy works. After the recent devastating floods in a country which it’s economy solely depend on Agriculture, it is unreasonable for one to expect a significant economic growth let alone the fact that Malawi has been a donor dependent country and simultaneously withheld.

  24. Kamano Banda says:

    Kamuzu was said to be a dictator with crocodile teeth. Petulo has no teeth.

  25. levelheaded says:

    Mr impeachment agenda, just to school you abit, the most democratic nation on the planet is not america (USA), instead is India. Americans are only the first to practice democracy in 1774 with George Washington as their first president.

  26. charles says:

    The president is more than the chief executive of a company. If that jet was designed for company chief executives, what more with the president who is the chief executive of the nation? He deserves even a better jet than the one that was hired. Let me ask those responsible for organising presidential trips to hire even a better jet fit for the president than the one being talked about here. You did well to hire that jet for our president. However, hire a better jet next time.

  27. levelheaded says:

    There is no justice in this world and perhaps in Malawi there won’t any of its kind. Instead of people discussing about why are we the only country on the planet without a presidential jet? Who sold it and what did we benefit by selling it? Where are the proceeds? When we as a country come with the answers to these questions is when we can solve that problem of hiring a jet. You the likes of kenani and the rest of us know full well that we are now hiring a jet because somebody in the name of state president, due to her fist sized brains, sold the only presidential jet due to pressure from some western morons. Only when Malawi shall get rid of the hatred and envy we have on mutharikas(the smartest and visionary presidents Malawi has ever had) that’s when we will stand together like ants and build our mother(the warm heart of Africa). When I hear some kindergarten comments from respected people like kenani is when I do some self praising thus my name “levelheaded”.

  28. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    I LIKE THE WAY APM IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY .HE IS COOL ,PATIENT AND LISTENING.THIS COUNTRY IS FULL OF JEALOUS PEOPLE AND HE CAN NOT WASTE HIS TIME THINKING ABOUT THEM.HOW CAN THE PRESIDENT BE A PUPPET BECAUSE HE REFUSED TO HAVE AN AUDIENCE WITH NTATA,SOMEBODY WHO CAN NOT LOOK AFTER HIMSELF ,HE DOES NOT BATHE NEITHER DOES HE COMB HIS HAIR.NTATA IS CROOKED,NAUGHTY AND A THIEF.APM,YOU DESERVE ANOTHER VOTE FROM ME COME 2019

  29. Mwethu says:

    Didn’t the opposition try to impeach Bingu at one time? Why can’t someone move an impeachment motion at the next sitting just to do away with this president? Surely as Malawians we can not just always talk and write about issues affecting our country without doing anything about it. Let our honourable MPs do the needful here.

  30. luviriboy says:

    Amene akuti pitala asamakwele hired jet apeleke solution. Osamango tsutsa. There is no need also to waste time discussing useless allegations. Malawi with this backward thinking we will never progress. Thoughts breed physical outcomes. If we think poverty every day, poverty will never leave us. Malawi is not poor. Infact, pitala, buy another jet for Malawi and travel on your own machine. Malawians need mind set transformation. we think like we have not been to school.

  31. bar says:

    ntata was right that this president is a puppet.looking at the way is running the country one can easily conclude that he is not in control.he is being controlled by aides at state house.i was expecting to hear heads rolling at state house when he came back from UN.come 2019,i m not wasting my vote to vote for him.he is clueless and useless.

  32. Kabononkhola says:

    Bushiri abwere pa ndege yake, walakwa mukuti matama! Prezidenti abwereke mukuti akutha ndalama. Kodi timadana ndi ndege kapena?

  33. Akweni says:

    Hehehehe olo ndili ine ndikwera jet amweyo inu Ndenge munalora jowesi kugulisa ndalama zake munaziona? Kusauka tichite kutchuka nako president akuyenda pa bus? Taonani Bakili anatyoka disc coz zoyenda pa galimoto..ai petala musiyeni afewe

  34. p says:

    And the world asks…Mutharika who ?…….

  35. Mlauzi says:

    Mulape machimo ndi kusintha. Imfa za anthu omwe atafe ndi njala, komanso mzipatala chifukwa chosowa mankhwala, madokotala ndi ma nesi zili pa mutu pano.

  36. Impeachment Agenda says:

    Can you imagine this Mutharika is educated in USA and and lived in the most democratic country in the world. A country where the leaders are fully accountable to the people. But this Mutharika behaves as if he is not accountable to the people of one of the poorest country of the world and wastes tax payers money on chartered flights, Hummers etc etc. Shame on you Mutharika.

  37. njuli says:

    the fact that Peter Munthalika draws his salary from our taxes, he is obliged to disclose how many people went there and who funded them for transparency sake otherwise being silent will on validate what has been circulating, the best for him is to come out in the open. malawians employed him (5 year contract) and should be not be wiser than his employer who happens to pay him monthly, it doesn’t happen that way elsewhere

  38. lk says:

    nsono mmafuna aziyenda pa basi? kodi ndege mmesa inalipo mayi aja mmene ankagulisa munali kuti, inaitu yakulapo ndi nsanje !!!!!

  39. Yatuta says:

    A Malawi tiyeni tiwonetse mukwiyo wathu poyenda pamusewu chifukwa adzathu a DPP monga ine was DPP,sitimamva za nzathu,Let’s show our anger by demonstrations.

  40. Tchaka says:

    So u wanted kuti asapiteko? Kapena mmafuna ayende pa galimoto or panjinga? Joyce, bakili, kamuzu, bingu amayenda pa bus? Anthu opanda nzeru aoneni mutu……….

  41. mabwiti says:

    NDIYE AZIYENDA BWANJI? MUZIMUBWELEKA NGOLO AZIKWELA, KAPENA AZIPITA KWA AMERICA BY ROAD. MALAWIANS SHAME ON YOU..

  42. nyanya says:

    koma chi pulezidenti ichi… like an idiot thalauza choncho? didnt they teach you the presidential wave?

  43. che msumbo in rsa says:

    Upipo what explaination do u need the president make the story is loud ‘n’clear that he took almost 130pipo wat we nid is impeachment of the predent and UK,german ,USA will finance fresh election minus uneducated mbendela who want all the pipo dead in malawi

  44. mbanga says:

    Just because Kamuzu was sitting then Peter should shit as well. Kamuzu built the Chileka airport and why can’t Peter build Limbe airport. The two are not comparable

  45. Only Democrat Left says:

    My fellow Malawians the only way of stopping Mutharika and his DPP wasting tax payers money on chartered flights, using petro guzzzinly 5 milers per gallon Hummers in Mutharika’s huge wasteful presidential convoys is for Nyasatimes to continue to continue to give coverage to this issues. And more important for us Malawians to write to British High Commission, the USA Embassy, the German Embassy and European Union Ambassador and complain about government waste and looting of public funds. This will stop Mutharika because otherwise he doesn’t care a damn about what we Malawians feel as he was not voted into power he rigged the elections and will rig the elections in 2019

  46. martinkaos3 says:

    only God knows a Peter.

  47. Despite Kamuzu being a dictator, he managed the economy very well which could result in Using a private jet not an issue at all as it is today. Imagine after 30 years of his rule he left 1 doller being exchange to MK2:00; Pound was at MK4:00 while rand it was 1 to 1.There comparing this government with that of Kamuzu it’s wrong because the economy is totally different.

  48. Chemuyaya says:

    Just remind him that I am among the 3.3 million people affected by hunger this year so when the aid comes I need my share.

  49. professor Sizinati says:

    I don’t think wrong and rudeness any point here.This Govnment thinks by combining the two will help,I wonder that the sane party and state officials could be there defending such a stupid move.

  50. fisi says:

    that is why the big moya bought that jet for presidency but the shallow minded pple sold the jet and use the money for building their mansions. so what do you want? should the president hire the udk bus for his trips? shallow minded pple! big moya saw we can not kp on hire lets buy ours u said no go up to the extent of selling, now is hiring as per you wish usay no its costy! what do u want? mukumaganiza zoti anzanu adaganiza kale mudakana

  51. Kavuluvulu says:

    This LHOMWE Government has totally failed.

  52. mavuto says:

    kodi mufuna president akamapita ku america ko azikwera minibus. taziyendani mma airport mu mukapeza ma thousand a anthu kuyenda maulendo aatali kuli bwanji president. kodi kunjako president amapitako tsiku ndi tsiku. ma complaints enawa angosonyeza kuti a malawi ndife anthu osalira

  53. Abambo says:

    That’s what we wanted when we bartered the presidential jet. Stop whining.

  54. Wiz says:

    Mutsegula mmimba chako chino.there is no way the Government can stop chartering jet for the president,its a necessary and unavoidable cost.Lets accord the president his due respect.You want the number one citizen to be using a bicycle?No ways!

  55. Khodoba says:

    It is so honourable to leave ngati zinthu zakulephera. Nobody will miss him

  56. Malawiyano says:

    Chris Chisoni is Mlhwakho and Nlhwakho is DPP

  57. Mbiri says:

    There is a lot of extravagance that we need to do away with apart from za jet zo. Questions should include; Why does the president of a poor small country have 6 state residences? why are the motorcades of the president and VP bigger than those in other countries that are apparently doing well economically? Why is remuneration of senior staff in parastatals extravagant regardless of profitability? Why do we need 193 MPs when our neighbor Zambia which has more resources and is much bigger only has 150? I can go on and on…but maybe Nyasatimes should do some investigative journalism and expose all public expenditure before we, the public take to the streets. Believe me change is coming. 1992-style….aishosha aiona!

  58. Clement says:

    This is ridiculous, which Malawians lost confidence with the govt? If you lost we don’t care and you didn’t even voted for DPP but we won. You shut up your fucken mouths. The late prof Bingu bought presidential jet but with your short sight you decided to sell it. Now you are accusing DPP, are you sick? They keep on using chartered jets no fwifwi bulshit. You must ask Joyce to bring the jet back afisi inu.

  59. guta says:

    Kodi Malawi izakhala ndi ndalama liti, you wanted president azikwela njinga yamoto

  60. kabotolokamo says:

    President by chance , back door leadership kkkkkkkk, He doesnt care ……!

  61. Zanako says:

    Our leader has lost his senses and those around him are all greedy rats we need sober minded leadership of which I don’t see any party promising good governance

  62. Andrew Fatch says:

    If u say many malawians lost trust in the leadership.U r lying did u ask me where did u get this.u r still in pains but it shall come to pass that he shall finish all his terms and u will b making this noise 4 ur own reckonishown.To hell with ur so called slogan of MANY.

  63. Telling the Truth says:

    The Executive arrogance and insensitivity of the DPP government under Peter Mutharika is hardly surprising. Let us not forget that it is the DPP government under Bingu wa Mutharika that brought Malawi to her knees by April 2012 Except Bingu wa Mutharika it is the same people-Mutharika, Chaponda, Mwanamvekha, Kaliati etc running the country. In Malawi a vice president has no power at all to take decisions. So Chilima is just a figurehead. User fees and charges have been increased without regard of poor Malawians and the cost of living is skyrocketing. DPP has no new vision and policy to bring prosperity to the majority of Malawians. The majority of ordinary Malawians are now worse off compared to May 2014 when Peter Mutharika became president.

  64. Bigimani wankulu says:

    It’s time we did something as Malawians…where are CSOs? Dzuka Malawi Dzuka!!! It’s time to demonstrate and show this DPP GOVERNMENT that enough is enough

  65. Truck says:

    KAMUZU WAS CAHRTERING PLANES BECAUSE DURING THAT TIME THE ECONOMY WAS GOOD RAND VS KWACHA WAS 1 TO 1 YOU CANT COMPARE KAMUZU REGIME AND YOUR REGIME WHERE HOSPITALS THERE IS NO MEDICINE AND GOVERNMENT ITS BANKRUPT BUT YOU WANT TO CHARTER A PLANE WITH 100 PEOPLE ON BOARD ITS A BIG JOKE WHILE GOVRNMENT WORKERS ARE NOT PAID THEIR PAY BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DONT HAVE MORE DONT COMPARE OURSELF WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH GOT MONEY IF WE DONT HAVE MONEY LETS JUST ACCEPT IT AND TRY TO FIND WAYS TO FIX OUR ECONOMY.

  66. hisbolla says:

    This guy is not even president, he won with 33% he is a joke. Let him call 4 real elections with thief mendera out from mec n he will c.

  67. captain says:

    I suspect this guy has got issues with God so he ll never hv peace in his life, the rigging of elections will make peter to suffer , God needs honest people, some of his supporters are saying markets are bn burnt by opposition but my question is wat about those floods? Were also bn orchestrated by opposition? Have u ever heard that within Blantyre city people died of floods in ur life time? Mr president please repent and confess please,

  68. Bigbrain says:

    Why DPP officials are twisting stories by comparing with Kamuzu? To what they called APM what development has he done that we can point for him to starting enjoying the fruits. Kamuzu true used to hire plane after visible developments eg the state house APM is living now and many more structures that you DPP sturbon people can witness. Mukukama ng’ombe yowonda kale ngati Malawi, anthu tikulira koma inu makani kuti zilibwino chifukwa mwakankwasula nkhuku munapitako kubwera mimba zili umo. Yankhani funso lanu osati you should yourself with Kamuzu era you are by far. Chitani manyazi nzanuyo mugwetsa mwachangu ndi makani osathandizawo kkkk

  69. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Mapwevu pwevu govt. The so called press team is rather a propaganda bandits trying to protect their meals on the table.

  70. phwittiko says:

    Paja Daniel Phiri munamuthyola nthiti kufuna kumupulumutsa ku infa? Uyu ndie mudzamuzula m’gwala ndi kuphwanya mapwala kuti mumupulumutse koma sizizatheka chifukwa cha kusanva.

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