Mutharika under fire for chartering plane as Malawi economy is teetering  on a brink of total collapse

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has come under fire for chartering a plane to get a personal honarary degree when he is preaching austerity amid abject poverty, acute food shortages and a sinking economy – prompting analysts and opposition to observe that the DPP administration is failing to “rig the economy”.

President Peter Mutharika is welcomed by Police and Army Officers on arrival at Kamuzu International Airport(C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika is welcomed by Police and Army Officers on arrival at Kamuzu International Airport(C)Stanley Makuti

Mutharika disembarks a a private plane he took to Addis Abbaba

Mutharika disembarks a a private plane he took to Addis Abbaba

Mutharika chartered a South African plane to go to Ethiopia where he got a doctorate degree of Letters.

Mustafa Hussein, lecturer at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College described the president action as regrettable.

“The country is going through turbulent economic times and for the problem to charter a plane to get a personal degree the university was honouring him for his past career goes against the same spirit of austerity which he always tell us,” said Hussein.

He said the country is going through deep probems including acute food shortages.

“Ethiopia is just four hours away therefore it was unnecessary for the president to charter a plane,” he said.

Mutharika has been conferred the doctorate degree of Letters from the University of Addis Ababa where he lectured for years before trekking to the US.

Information minister Patricia Kaliati said she did not know if the State House chartered a plane for the president but described the criticisms as “jealousy.”

She said some Malawians are funny that instead of being thankful that their head of state has been conferred an honarary degree they are  busy fault finding.

Speaking on arrival from Ethiopia, President Mutharika said he was conferred the honarary degree because of his efforts to turn Malawi from a donor dependent to a trade dependent.

In addition, he said, the university was honouring him because of his efforts to improve on electricity outages and water woes.

However as he spoke, some parts of the Capiital City, Lilongwe had no water and electricity.

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28 thoughts on “Mutharika under fire for chartering plane as Malawi economy is teetering  on a brink of total collapse”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    Chambe,Iam not sure how far you went with your education.I know JB and BM are semi-literate and therefore,their performances were below intellectural grade.However,it is brutally wrong to say that under Peter Mathanyula,the cost of saving on his travel budget has been so far so good,personally,if I have to rate him,he would gate 1.5/10.Chambe this is not the time to judge someone on tribal or ethnical basis.What has Peter achieved on chartering a Plane,at a time when our people are brutally and inhumanly suffering for lack of food and that the economy of our nation is nose diving and there is Chambe the great who is bootlicking his good for nothing leader.Malawians,when are you going to wakeup and catchup with the 21st century realities.SHAME WITH YOU.GOD BLESS MALAWI AND AFRICA!!!!

  2. Stev says:

    Stupid journalists you dont want a new presidential jet you dont want him to board a jet so tell us jow does he travel to ethiopia then let us buy him a new jet to cut expences

  3. John says:

    Hey He is a president of a country not association!! You want him to walk to Ethiopia? Insensitivity is killing Malawians. He deserves to treated as a president of a Nation. No issues here

  4. Gogodasi says:

    Does Kaliati have the guts to look through things? Why can’t she ask herself why leaders in the West don’t get these stupid degrees, but our leaders always dream of having them? Does she think leaders in the West are failures when they are in fact feeding us everyday? What is an honorary degree after all. If Mugabe has been declining to be offered such degrees, what significance does it have for our leader to spend so much money to charter a plane? Nonsense. Kaliati’s argument simply characterizes her low level of education and intellectual capacity. Sad that this country is ruled by T3 Teacher like her. T3 teachers are JC holders if some don’t know.

  5. Charlie Hebdo says:

    And then you tell parastatals not to adjust their staff salaries. Is the aim to give our president more to misuse or salary harmonization? Your guess is as good as mine.

  6. Mustafa Hussein, is just an idiot who is not known anywhere. He finds this forum to publicize himself so that Malawians are aware that there is one called Mustafa. Idiot!

  7. chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

    Malawi is a total shame indeed…chartering a plane just to get a useless paper like honorary doctorate. Why cant you borrow a leaf from the esteemed leadership qualities of Mugufuli and Kagame who have the patriotism and welfare of the grassroots at heart. Imagine since he became a president Mugufuli has foreign visit has been to Rwanda only….I mean Rwanda only…. But to our dismay the parliament was busy approving 30 foreign travels for the president in this financial year ….really? Lets put our country first…there is nothing like jealousy but the cost of this journey would have made something different if put into good use…..

  8. Chilungamo says:

    So you want the President to be boarding Kabanza planes? Why did you not ask why Joyce Banda sold the Presidential jet? Why don’t you ask the where about of its proceeds? Jealousy people will never last long. You stupid guyz aren’t you ashamed that the President is able to run the country without budgetary support? Shame on you

    1. Mandiza says:

      We got you but why are we not squeezing JB to tell us where the jet is and the proceeds too?

  9. on of the the sole catastrophic mingle facing maalawi is “priolity miopia”……… so much much as an honourary degree is there but to wat extent will the degree add value to the malawi nation>?……i bet 50 million has been coughed here,,,,,,,,,which other wise would have payed over 1000 schoo teachers who have gone un payed over months,,,,,,the same fifty million is again worth catering for over 140 students who have been impinged on the fess hike locking Unima,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but in the artificial call of nature we chose to fly all the way just to be honoured……….exit zitete antagonist enter che akwen

    akwen i hope yur defence is alwayas based on p[olitical milliage rather than tru partriocy of the nation…….i happen to wonder kut kodi which information ministry do yu head to the extent of failingb to kno the wea abouts of the enstranged chatterd plane used by yo egoistic boss……hon akwen ….i a preciate yo loud mouth but that doesnt xplain y yu have to release un necesary nd cardiocal words which aint ivin worth nation vocaburary………………..to hell

  10. Cheap airfare says:

    Really?! Charter a plane when everyday there is a flight by Ethiopian Airlines, one of the cheapest airfares around!!!! This man is a thief and a fool. And ‘jealousy’, seriously Kaliati. Try ‘reasonable’ as people are fed up with all this stupidity.

  11. Mwananyanian says:

    Chambe: You are wrong. And you know it.
    The President’s efforts at belt tightening could easily be rated 12/10, by the most reasonable, well informed and traveled, and unbiased critics.
    Some of these Chanco teachers are something else; they are a card! If they had their way, they would want APM to go to Adis by car: nonsense. Many of these teachers will not get an honorary even from their alma mater!
    Asa. Akagwere uko (They should get lost – the only language they seem to understand)

  12. shameless says:

    He charters a plane while Malawians akudya mbewa (Mice) and zitete………. alibe pulobulemu

    1. CWN says:

      Living la vida loca aise!!!
      Actions speak louder than words and right now they say “screw the Malawian people, let me do me first”
      I think we can do better and while we wait for another one to lead us, we need pray for the leadership kuti azikhala okunva chisoni ndi dziphinjo za anthu monga ngati munthu wankulu. Actions speak louder than words bwana. Anthu akuvutika bwana, tiyendeleni.

  13. Haswel Bandawe says:

    It is possible that the funds for chartering the jet were already budgeted for and approved by Parliament.

    But the issue here is a sense of priority in Government budgetary allocation. At a time of economic hardship, spending on travel to receive an honorary degree shows a gross lack of judgement and sensitivity to the plight of the people. It also shows flivorious and austentious spending of public funds.

    All of which are most unfortunate especially for a person who is not only well trained academically, but taught in universities and lived in jurisdictions where economies are developed, social conditions are good and governance is good.

    1. Mphitokhunyeriwa says:

      Miyandamiyanda yandalama kupitisa mbumba kunja. Nthawi imene ija tinali olemera? There is nothing wrong here. This is part of life.

      1. The Lambert says:

        One reason why Malawi finds it hard to develop is that it has a huge supply of idiots.
        You are one of them.

  14. Kenkkk says:

    This is not jealousy Patricia. Some of us are too educated. Absolutely useless honorary degree. For a so called highly educated president, what is a bloody useless honorary degree? He could have sent a junior minister to receive it on his behalf.

    Donor free Malawi, my foot. He is the one at the forefront of begging from donors or for donors to resume budgetary support. He was there to assure corrupt embassy staff that corruption must continue as usual. Dpp wants campaign money.

    A very useless president who can’t make any sound judgement on issues that matter to ordinary people. But being dpp zealots, we are just talking to stones.

  15. Zechariah says:

    In contrast of the so called honorary there’s extravagance at the cost of very poor Malawians. Insensitive & outrageous what’s going on Malawi ?????? It’s very shameful Hon Kaliati is failing to articulate the truth surrounding the jet yet she’s the information minister????? The lack of transparency & accountability is killing us to the core. We are in very deep trouble that will cost the destiny of Malawi.

  16. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    Wow! I like the way Mustapher Hussein has summed it all up, in paragraph 4 . . .
    . . . the award which APM received is PERSONAL, osati ya dziko iai.
    . . . and, that personal degree is also just HONOURARY osati zenizeni iai.
    . . . further, the personal honourary degree was also given to him for his PAST CAREER osati panopa iai.
    As such, APM was not justified to charter a plane for such a thing. Kudos Doctor of Philosophy, Hussein.
    …………………………………………………………………………….
    You see . . .
    . . . APM would be forgiven (for using taxpayers’ money to receive this personal honourary degree for his past life), if he were to use a commercial plane (business class); but chartering the whole plane for the same, does not make any molecule of sense.
    . . . Worse still, we are all made to believe that times are hard; yet others are living big?
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    Yes, we all know that all APM wanted was the glamour – here lands the president of Malawi!
    . . . forgeting and failing to accept the reality that Malawi is still the poorest country on earth.
    And yet, “Having been poor is no shame; but being ashamed of it; is.”- Benjamin Franklin
    . . . if APM is ashamed of Malawi’s poverty; why not revamp the economy and buy a jet in future?
    . . . If lack of donor support is the excuse APM can give (for failing to revamp the conomy); will the donors come back with such opulence? Chartering planes and stuff?
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  17. Chambe says:

    He is not a global trotter as was Muluzi and JB. This is the first international travel this year and even his local travels have scaled down drastically. Who ever is criticizing have their democratic right to do so but I think there has been a very good cost saving on his travels budget. So far so good and if I had to rate him, he would get 9.9/10.

    1. joj says:

      koma mpaka doctorate of letters!!!!

      1. KODOFANI says:

        Join the discussion

        1. mgoloso says:

          Mumafuna mukanakhala inu – mwanya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Mufa ndi mtima. Tikuonani ngati ku International AIDS Conference ku South Africa mupite pa Njinga yakapalasa. Every office has entitlements including that of the head of state.

          Mukupatsa matama anthu osayenera kuwapatsa matama – Hussein ndi ndaninso – asamudziwa ndi ndani. Mzake wadzisiya – Blessings Chinsinga ataona kuti akuchedwa nazo.

      2. Mphitokhunyeriwa says:

        Chabvuta ndichiyani kukwera ndege. Mumati ayende pansi. I also pay tax. l do not see any problem using my tax in that way. Foolish people always find faults. Inu mukakhala pulezidenti ndiye muzizayenda mutabvala zigamba to suite poverty. Foolish thinking.always ndife osauka. Mumati mulemela chifukwa chozitamandira kuti ndife osauka chuma sichilibwino. Just work hard men . zankutu. basi. A puzidenti mudzikwera kwera ndegeyo its your right. Keep it up . Poverty no poverty. Chumachilipo chuma palibe. lamulo walakwitsa pulezidenti ndiliti pamenepa. Mapulezidenti mdziko muno anayamba kalakale kukwera ndege anthu akuyenda maliseche ndiye mukati lero. talk of 19 64. cheap thinking kumangoganiza za upandu okhaokha kwa mtsogoleri wadziko. Mitu yodzala ndi mamina okhaokha.

    2. Bongololo says:

      You are an idiot plain and simple. The money spent on the chartered plane could have been used on a more desperate situation, which Malawi, if I could remind you, has no shortage of them.

      1. Charlie says:

        The truth of the matter is that you are jealous

    3. Nkata says:

      Shame on you the so called CHAMBE

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