Mutharika charters jet for UN meet as Malawi economy continues to shrink

President Peter Mutharika on Thursday left Malawi for United States in a chartered presidential jet, a complete departure from his promises that the government would use public resources prudently amid continued worsening economic conditions.

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Mutharika inspects a guard of honour mounted by Kamuzu Barracks of Malawi army before-departure

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VP Chilima sided by Army General and Police IG at the  President Mutharika’s departure

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President Mutharika leaves in a chartered jet

It was not immediately known how much the government has paid for the charted plane as such bills are kept under wraps at Kamuzu Palace.

He has also left the country for the UN general assembly without telling Malawians how many people are on his entourage and how much the trip will cost the tax payer.

Several people who have made it to the UN have left in different times to disguise Malawians on the bloated delegation.

Last year the president took with him an irrelevant to the summit staggering entourage of 116 people and Foreign Affairs minister Francis Kasaila said the entourage this year is “reduced” saying the government learnt lessons last year.

Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on departure, Mutharika said discussions this year at the UN meeting will centre on Sustainable Development Goals.

He said delegates, most of whom are heads of state, will evaluate which goals have been achieved and which ones have not been achieved and why.

In addition, he said the delegates will be looking at issues of AIDS, youth, women, investment, trade and international cooperation.

 

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25 thoughts on “Mutharika charters jet for UN meet as Malawi economy continues to shrink”

  1. kwacha malawi says:

    kodi a Malawi mumafuna chiyani’ president akakhala chete mukuti iai sakulankhula, akanakhalanso mukadamangokuwakuwa. Chonde otsutsa yesetsani kumatsutsa zopititsa dziko pa tsogolo. Nthawi ya jb nobody question her even NGOs where you those days” Chonde konzani mavuto azipani zanu kaye. Kuyendetsa boma its serious business. Investors are on the way, have spirit of patience, enanu mwatumidwa kuti muyankhulilire ena ake.

  2. Mtengo Wautali says:

    For the security of the President, it makes sense to use a chartered plane

  3. be humane says:

    Osamangotukwana apa mudzinena kuti inu mumafuna ayende pachani? Don’t just criticise, offer alternatives. So you want Malawi to pull out of the United Nations? please MCP gurus for once show us your intelligence

    1. Impi says:

      He was supposed to send the VP with a delegation of 6 people on a commercial flight and use the money to solve the numerous problems rocking the country – after all, it is not his money but it belongs to Malawians – but because he is DULL

  4. Cornwell Dangaya Mulenga says:

    Far much as I dont support the leadership and governance style of this guy but i feel its a shame for a head of state to travel on commercial airlines .The president irrespective of what soever deserves to travel in a private jet which once we hard but due to myopic non visionary leadership of his predecessor ,the jet was sold.Its like telling the chief executive officer of a company to be using public transport. Ofcourse this man has no clue on running the affairs of the state like the way our neighboring serious presidents are doing but by virtue of being head of state he deserve to fly private ,its for the respect of all of us.Even CEO’s and Prophets are frying private what more for a head of state .I rest my case

  5. amla oil says:

    Nonse mukuti mmati ayenda pansi ndinu mbuzi za anthu hope u have generators and waters tanks in your yards…kadziko kolira ngati aka nde nkumati mmffweeemmfwee

  6. Eugene says:

    Midnight Six thief

  7. Winston Msowoya says:

    STATEHOUSE,you are an idiotic fool,a brainless moron.US$493 million and you say it is a meagre figure for the poorest nation in the world,even a deranged person would not say so,you are a shaming Malawians at best.By the way,have you been in school? I hope not,then it is not your fault.

    1. Cornwell Dangaya Mulenga says:

      Far much as I dont support the leadership and governance style of this guy but i feel its a shame for a head of state to travel on commercial airlines .The president irrespective of what soever deserves to travel in a private jet which once we hard but due to myopic non visionary leadership of his predecessor ,the jet was sold.Its like telling the chief executive officer of a company to be using public transport. Ofcourse this man has no clue on running the affairs of the state like the way our neighboring serious presidents are doing but by virtue of being head of state he deserve to fly private ,its for the respect of all of us.Even CEO’s and Prophets are frying private what more for a head of state .I rest my case – See more at: http://www.nyasatimes.com/mutharika-charters-jet-un-meet-malawi-economy-continues-shrink/#sthash.Rl6ViPlR.dpuf

  8. ineyo says:

    This president of ours is an idiot. He doesn’t listen he doesn’t act. what a shame

  9. kachipapa says:

    a malawi osamaganiza ngati a pumbwa… kodi mumafuna akwere kabanza ? mmxxxii !!

  10. Chambe says:

    Why does he go there in the first place as if Malawi would receive a penalty if represented by Chilima and Foriegn Affairs Minister?
    This guy goes there every year and in his previous trips, he had many engagements with US business gurus but non of them has invested in this country.
    This guy should just stop wasting money that could have been used on improving the lives of our people. Imagine if the money he wasted in 2014 and 2015 was used to buy hospital equipment eg X-ray or MRI Scanners, what an improvement would there be in assisting Doctors to diagnose diseases?

  11. Kodi ADausi Sanapitenso Ndi Akaziaeni says:

    Ine koma akundiwaza ndi Saulo pachithunzipo, saku waver nawo zautsiruzo. I think he has his focus on how developmentioned of the country.

    Hopefully Mutharika makea history by giving that boy the presidential button in 2019.

  12. Satehouse says:

    People are just jealous of the president. They want him to walk to UN across the pacific ocean. You must differentiate between common man and president. For your info. the plane has been chartered at a meager 493 Million USD. And this is not much compared with what other presidents have spent on the same trip from their countries. As for the size of the entourage, only 109 people have gone to UN to help the president on this important event. This figure is much lower than last year’s because this president listens to criticism. Don’t be jealous guys.

    1. John Chamu says:

      How can a charter cost so much money when the price of a new Airbus A330-200 costs less than US$250million and can carry more than 200 people? Did you mean K493 million?

  13. CHIKUTUMBWE says:

    THIS PRESIDENT WILL NEVER LISTEN! BASI NAFENSO TIZINGOGAWANA NDALAMAZO. AYAMBITSA OKHA KUSAKAZA. WHO AM I TO BE FOLLOWING AUSTERITY MEASURES

  14. Njombwa Bwana says:

    I admire President Khama of Botswana. Almost 10 years, as a president, he has gone to UN just once. Most of the time, if there is need he sends his VP and Minister of foreign affairs. The entire delegation MAXIMUM 6 people. They don’t waste their resources because they know they belong to the citizens.

    1. Cornwell Dangaya Mulenga says:

      Far much as I dont support the leadership and governance style of this guy but i feel its a shame for a head of state to travel on commercial airlines .The president irrespective of what soever deserves to travel in a private jet which once we hard but due to myopic non visionary leadership of his predecessor ,the jet was sold.Its like telling the chief executive officer of a company to be using public transport. Ofcourse this man has no clue on running the affairs of the state like the way our neighboring serious presidents are doing but by virtue of being head of state he deserve to fly private ,its for the respect of all of us.Even CEO’s and Prophets are frying private what more for a head of state .I rest my case – See more at: http://www.nyasatimes.com/mutharika-charters-jet-un-meet-malawi-economy-continues-shrink/#sthash.Rl6ViPlR.dpuf

  15. be humane says:

    mumafuna ayende pansi? Bingu atagula ndege inu nomwe mumati ndege yachani mpaka you pushed that woman to sell it. Now he is chartering plane walakwanso. Inu mumafuna akwere chani? Limodzi ndi a Malawi pa economy class? Yes we are poor koma sidzikutanthauza kuti tidzinyozeka at International level because of poverty. Ngakhale inuyo atolankhani a Nyasa, Misonkhano ina popita mumabwereka ma suit nkuvala why? Why can;’t you go ndi zokambika zanuzo? You sometimes hire a vehicle to deliver to a meeting chifukwa mumadziwa kuti munyozeka mutakwera kabanza ulendo ku State House. You are operating at a low level of a common man and Peter is operating at the level of president. Some arguments lack ambition moti mutatenga boma ma state house onse mudzagulitsa kumakakhala ku mtandire chifukwa a Malawi akuvutika?

  16. Winston Msowoya says:

    One wonders, in a country where economy has hit a stone wall,a deligent President would dare hire a private jet at that exuberant cost,while behind patients in the hospitals and clinics are dying for lack of medicines,people are treacherously facing killer food shortages,crime uncontrollably high in our region,unemployment never seen before in the previous governments,workers in the government are not paid in time to feed their wretched families and that most families can not raise enough money to buy Mbewa and grasshoppers to feed their families.There is a stark difference between Peter and Magufuli on this issue so far.Magufuli is going to the UN with only five(5) delegation members using economic class and yet,Tanzania’s economy is far much better than that of Malawi.Is Peter really caring about his voters? I have an impression that Peter and his brother Bingu had a hidden agenda before the came into Malawi,because of the similarities of their actions and behaviours,but it is shameful that two rogues could magnifecently manipulate 16million people of Malawi into trusting and voting for them when they did not know where these crooks had come from.A bitter pill to swallow.We suffered from Banda and yet we repeated the same shameful blunder with these two thieves.It is true that people call us the political lepers of Africa and loughing stocks of the world.WAKEUP FROM OUR SLUMBER!!!!

  17. goodwellbanda says:

    Koma amalawi kodi mumafuna kuti ayende wapasi eeeee koma yaaaaa

  18. santana says:

    Owen, as a reporter don’t you think it is your duty to find out needed information on the trip and give the findings to Malawians? Especially on this issue which you told us that the govt will be unwilling to divulge the information, why are you wasting time asking them? Find it yourself and tell Malawians. You say the bills are kept under wraps at Kamuzu palace. Are the air tickets obtained at the Palace? Why are you not telling Malawians names of those who went to the UN at different times to disquise Malawians on the full entourage? You expect the whole president waste his time just to tell you how many people is taking to the UN and how much is spent for that? Kumutola kapena chiyani? Find it yourself Owen, and tell us everything about this trip. Don’t expect them to give you the true information, so use your way.

  19. MSONDA says:

    Key word is charters not kuti ayende pansi , you all people going their have chartered planes?

  20. Murambadoro says:

    Mumafuna ayende pansi kupita kumeneko?

    1. ulibeulibe says:

      Koma Malawi sadzatheka. There is need for God’s intervention. Kumeneko azikapemphanso. Why can they not learn to live within their means. It is this pretence that is making Malawi poorer. Ulibe ulibe.

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