Mutharika jets off on Malawian airlines: 3 nations tour of duty

President Peter Mutharika has started off his three nation tour of duty in Malawian passenger plane, the first trip since he was severely accused of chartering presidential planes when Malawi is sailing in troubled economic waters.

Farewell Commander -in- Chief Police and Army chiefs salute Mutharika on departure

Farewell Commander -in- Chief Police and Army chiefs salute Mutharika on departure

APM on Malawian Airlines

APM on Malawian Airlines

Mutharika, accompanied by First Lady Gertrude, stood on the doors of the plane to wave to top government and party officials who came to see him off before proceeding to his Business Class seat.

During a brief interview with the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Mutharika did not say why he had change of heart on his appetite for chartered presidential jets as just two months ago, he told Malawians that he would continue chartering presidential jets arguing he would not want to experience long delays at airports in flight connections.

This statement drew criticism from civil society groups who accused the president of becoming increasingly intolerant and arrogant.

Mutharika said at Kamuzu International airport that his focus in all the three countries he is visiting, Malta for Commonwealth heads of state and government meeting, in UK for a global investors summit and in South Africa for China Africa conference, would be on trade.

“These meetings are very important. Malawi will now have access to 54 international markets,” said Mutharika who said the UK summit will attract 800 international investors.

Earlier, minister of Foreign Affairs George Chaponda said the president would lead a lean entourage of 15 government officials.

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70 thoughts on “Mutharika jets off on Malawian airlines: 3 nations tour of duty”

  1. Bande Brian,MBA,BAac says:

    NOW THE PRESIDENT HAS STARTED USING MALAWI PASSENGER PLANE,ACHAKWERA WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT? JELASI SIUMUNA BAMBO.SOMETIMES TRY TO COMMENT POSITIVELY.2019 APM BOMAA.

  2. Patrick says:

    Some of these idiots they don’t even know what it means to be a president

  3. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Let’s love our country in our comments. Washing dirty linen in public will not help us. We even ‘soil’ linen which is not dirty so that we are seen washing. Some people just want to talk ill about everything. Some of who have traveled and seen how people in other countries are patriotic about their nations get sick about Malawians. Instead of protecting the integrity of their nation Malawians think thy are wise when they talk ill about their country. They do this out of politics, tribalism, nepotistic tendencies or just jealous. And at the end of the day it’s them, their relatives, friends or fellow Malawians who suffer from lack of assistance or investment from abroad. Kuchenjela kwa nchenche kusalabadila chisa.

  4. ben says:

    Who will invest in Malawi when we dont have a stable currency, IMF and donors are taking revenge for Bingus action they are teaching us a lesson that we cannot survive without them which is proving to be true.. If you want investors to come control the runaway inflation and depreciation of Kwacha and dump IMF policies, IMF will not help Malawi nor the donors, once you fix one problem they will find a new problem. Chuka should immediately go i am suprised under his governorship Malawi has faced the worst cashgate, Infaltion and depreciation how can he still be there. CHUKA please do Malawi a favor and resign

  5. Jimbo says:

    ‘Malawi will now have access to 54 international markets’ – What does Malawi have to trade with 54 international markets? Sounds grand, but means nothing.

  6. Happy Eduardo says:

    Let the CSOs and MCP be happy because APM has flown our in a passenger plane and let them calculate if there will be some savings this time. Ubulutu ndi nsanje basi.

  7. kamuna G says:

    Mbalame imeneyi, Tichotsele zobayu ambuye. Atiphatu uyu.

  8. Ulosi wa dzulo says:

    Amalawi ndi ma Bulutu. Using Malawian airline to Malta, London and RSA is very expensive due to taxes and waiting time. Don’t think that Malawian Airline is Capital hill company they are in business as private sector and all charges will be effected.

  9. Mweneku Muzi says:

    Whether chartering or not but u r the president you deserve that …..its your duty and priviledges

  10. Viyazi Tembo says:

    I was not born yesterday Mr president, a chartered jet is waiting for you @ OR, KUNGOPAKA MATOPE M’MASO MWA MALAWI……….

  11. Tom Kidd says:

    A President is a father of the citizens, he needs to sacrifice himself for his ppoz betterment, waiting for 10hours at in the VIP lounge its nothing at all,he cannot die at all, hes NOT the Boss, he is our servant, he works for us osati azizifira kuti he cnt stay for 10hrs pa airport iyeyo ngati ndani, how special is he?

  12. Phillips Chisambo says:

    continue doing that! people will have change of heart and reconsider you next time. put the interest of the Lawians @ heart. next time of the poor masses when you meet in parliament

  13. munthu wina says:

    wayiopa malawi, people power!!!

  14. Gwape says:

    Asatinamize uyu, the jet is already in Southafrica he will charter from there all the way to Malta

  15. Mfumu Tchiretchire says:

    kkkkkkkk zake zimenezo palibe phindu lomwe m Malawi azapezepo,bolani mvula igwe tibzale basi.Zilibe ntchito izi..

  16. Telling the Truth says:

    The Commonwealth is not a funding organisation. It is a relic of the British Empire. There is no benefit Peter Mutharika is going to bring to Malawi from the Commonwealth. As for the Investment Forum he should not exaggerate the benefits. An investor is a person who has money to start a business to make adequate profits. Does Malawi have those potential businesses where an investor will make adequate profits? I doubt. The majority of 16million Malawians do not have sufficient purchasing power to support a certain level of investment to produce goods or services. An investor wants to know if he is going to sell enough goods in a country to make profit before he explores the export market. An export market is not easy to break into even with trade agreements. You can’t just wake up and say I am exporting to Mozambique. There are so many tariff and non tariff barriers to consider including rules of origin. I am not convinced that Peter Mutharika understands or knows the Malawi economy. Peter Mutharika was teaching law which has nothing to do with economics.

  17. Enawa says:

    Foolish comments r from fools,all the best Mr president if a trip need chartering plain do so without fear we voted for you .

  18. Phinifolo says:

    Kodi panopa wlamulira mdziko lino ndani? Mwasiyira ndani ulamuliro wawupresident? Kapena ndine, ndizichalira kukasekera parliament

  19. Sapitwa says:

    So you can’t charter Malawi Air Lines?
    Is he to connect at OR Tambo and if so why making the trip longer? Why didn’t he board Ethiopian Airways to connect at Addis or Kenyan Airways to connect at Jomo Kenyatta?
    Logic is telling me that he will fly on a chartered plane from OR.

  20. Chapolah says:

    How is he traveling from Joburg????

  21. Mathanyula says:

    Power to the people!!!! We have spoken, lets not let our guard down we need to hold him accountable, what is he flying from Jo’Burg? Does anybody know?

  22. Cardiac arrest says:

    So the VP and the President are both out of the country? Is Chaponda in charge????

  23. max nsani says:

    This plane took him to dar salaam Tanzania where he boarded the chartered plane. I saw it at Dar…..Malawians don’t be gullible….this was just for show.Those of you falling all over yourselves praising this pr stunt are embarrassing yourselves. Shame.

  24. thinktank says:

    ndimbava imeneyi wait palipo waponda papakulu ameneyo. when u hv been robbed but smiling’ u know u hv got a chunk frm th robber

  25. Muntharika is taking a private plane from Johanesburg. The man is so arrogant. He used to travel with helicopter when he was a minister. No other minister did that. He is cold, no respect for Malawians. Selfish old idiot, who gap his green card for presidential status. Who pays for his wife? Does she also get allowance? Or salary like Bingu gave to Calista? Why dont you check this. Why wives should follow to every trip? Obama or rich countries wives dont go everywhere husbands go. If he dies she dies too. Anyway Zambian wife dont go everytime. That why these countries are developing. They think how much it costs the nation. Muntharikas or Malawi leaders dont care

  26. njolomachipilingu says:

    Senseless Pro

  27. Clement says:

    My advise to the president, don’t entertain people. You deserve travelling in chartered jets not this jet of ours even zuma travelled to Germany last week by chartered jets so why not you prof? These people will never appreciate even if you listen their voices they just laugh at you. Someone of them is the power of demons. All the best and God guide you till you come back home.

  28. analyst says:

    our president is not safe

  29. concerned citizen says:

    Do not be fooled. He has a private jet waiting for him at OR Tambo International.

  30. Kenkkk says:

    He is not a listening president, he has been forced to listen. Power to the slowly waking up Malawians. If he was, he could have told us the truth and apologised. He didn’t do either.

    Crucially, is the Malawi plane going all the way to uk or just to South Africa? I doubt very much if it is mechanically airworthy for it to be accepted at European airports. If it is then very good except for selfishness as he had deprived Malawians of internal flights to and from Ll and bt.

    If he is changing in jubek, then we need to know if he is chartering a jet or taking commercial flights. Za u chibwana basi.

  31. Jembe says:

    Not sure why there is this fuss about APM flying our airline. Watch this space, he actually chartered it and those originally booked on this flight had to be flown on the small bombadier to Johannesburg and some were “sold off” to SAA. No cause for celebration here. Mapwevupwevu still in action!

  32. M'Malawi Weniweni says:

    We will monitor travel plans to ensure there is no hiring of Jet from JNB. One day JB left on SAA from Lilongwe but hired “ZS-FCI or 7Q-ONE from Johannesburg to DOHA. Just watch the arrival ceremony in UK, MALTA. and South Africa

    1. Gwape says:

      I bet MBC will not show arrival and departure,trust me

  33. Patriot says:

    “Ngwi ngwi ngwi I can not stay waiting for a connection 10 hours. Ngwi ngwi ngwi, you need to give respect to the office of bla bla bla”
    MENE MWAKWERA MALAWIAN AIRLINES MWASUNGUNUKA?
    NO MORE CHARTERED FLIGHT.
    TUMVANA?

  34. Few good men says:

    Peter ndi olimba sangafe ngati mbale wake uja. Presure ya no drugs in hospitals, high bank int rates, no food ku Admarc eish

  35. ChizaLi says:

    This is commendable Mr President!!!
    Bravo!!!

  36. The real Ujeni says:

    After Commonwealth meeting let Gertrude Mutharika come back home, in UK and South Africa there is nothing for her to do. You want savings, show leadership

  37. mtima wa nyani says:

    kodi anapita ku UN aja nde atibweretsera zeru zotani

  38. mtima wa nyani says:

    ulendo uno anyamula angati? entolaji

  39. Munthuwamba says:

    We had our own jet but some vision-less people sold it. The brains behind the jet purchase knew how useful it is for a head of state to have their own air crafts. It is not good for the whole head of state to be waiting for connecting flights at International Airports. Some connecting flights take more than six hours. And you want the president to cut an isolated figure at Add Bole or Jomo Kenyatta Airport’s VIP lounge?? Come on Malawians, we can do better than that.

  40. odabwa says:

    Grorifying poverty shame on u haters.

  41. Team B special says:

    Peter can’t use Malawi’s Aircraft going to Malta guys. The big jet is waiting for her somewhere.

  42. Njolinjo says:

    So you were waiting for the people to talk ? You can’t think on your own?

  43. The Most Concerned says:

    What z Timothy Mtambo & Gift Trapence goin to tel their bosses when begging more money to feed their empty berries, now tht we’ve got a listening President? What wil they tel the Nation when holding their senseless press briefing? January mumumva kuwawa guys!

  44. Isaac chagwa mzuzu says:

    Not safe for a president.Fellow Malawians think Twice in this before u judge.

  45. Chatty Man says:

    Kulibe ma train kumeneko?

  46. rudoviko shylock says:

    thumb up beloved prof.APM my listening president

  47. Francis Mkandawire says:

    I cant believe pipo are actually thinking this is tru. wait until u see the news. this guy obviously has a private jet waitin in jozi for him. gve it a few minutes then ask me

  48. ?? says:

    I like this President coz siwapakamwa ngakhale mphekesera zikumanveka komaabe u Mulungu alinao .Ndiwa pheeeeeeeeeee,,,graduet

  49. Boxer says:

    Please let it be lke dat

  50. John Banda says:

    A listening President…my foot. Next time Mr. Listening President consider taking Munorurama to Jorburg, Premier to Zimbabwe or Kobs to Zambia, should you happen to have engagements in these countries.

    As for local travel how about AXA or National Bus Service. After all you are a listening President who bows down to criticism.

    I give kudos to all who made noise on the APM’s extravagancy. Continue the good work. These are the fruits.

    Malawi ndi wathu tonse.

  51. The Analyst says:

    Long at last sense has began to sink in and come out of peoples seemingly fenced heads.

    Malawi is poor, lets all accept and face and not be ashamed of it. Coz only if we accept it can we have the impetus to put our house in order so as to get out of this poverty quagmire.

    “To be poor is no shame; but to be ashamed of it; is” – Benjamin Franklin

    . . . Only if APM boards a commercial flight, shall he feel out of place and realise for the first time that eyes can speak, “what is this man doing here? Is this man not lost?” And therefore feel the need to do something about the country’s poverty situation.
    . . . Only if APM charters a commercial plain and wait at the airport for 8 hours to connect, can he feel the need to put up sound policies to help this country get out of poverty hence afford its own presidential jet. Otherwise, so far he doesn’t seem interested in this topic.
    . . . Only if APM misses a plain coz he felt asleep with tedium from the 8-hour wait at the airport, can he realise the need to probe the jet-sale issue by JB which seems to be dying a natural death now. Yet the rest of us are waiting for answers.
    . . . Only if APM realises that in the commercial plane are ‘ordinary’ people can he realise that he is first a person before he is a president, and shall learn the spirit of coexistence hence respect for others and therefore desist from calling others “crazy or mentally disturbed” at rallies.

    Whoever helped to hold this head and force-squeeze sense into it, by making whatever little or much noise against private-jet hiring, I say, ‘Bravo!’

  52. Tonde says:

    Malawi a country that celebrates in mediocrity. Having our president travelling in commercial flights is shameful. Its like having a ceo of press corporation using Nissan march as the official vehicle!!!!!

  53. Prince Edward rsa says:

    Q and A in return dont run away galu iwe.

  54. texas Kazama says:

    a delegation of 15 is NOT lean. David cameron amayenda ndi 5 okha

  55. Gadabwali says:

    Ths is indeed government of contradictions. Anyway, thank u for listening to cry of Malawians, otherwise it would not make any sense at all to fly in chartered planes when patients are going days on end on an empty stomach!

  56. KARU UNITED says:

    Tafanana!

  57. patricia kaliyati says:

    kudos prof. Now you are making sense. Dont worry as soon as you put the economy in order you can charter or even buy as many planes as you wish. Palibe kanthu kudikira pa airport, sufa iyayi, you are still our leader or ugone pa airport. Actually we will love you more if you sacrifice even kukwera bus kupita kunja. Thumb up

  58. Chingolopiyo says:

    Best buy Malawian! He should lead by example

  59. Thobwa chechamba says:

    UK investors are locals but to iweyo Peter they are international. You cannot call them international in their own country you beggar Mutharika

  60. this is good news .we have to use our own resources.

  61. Fair Malawi says:

    What a listening President! Bravo Malawi! Bravo all who made that noise!!!

  62. WAMISALA says:

    MADALA TSAPANO !!.

    TIME IS TICKING !!

    TOO FAST !!

  63. Truck says:

    THATS GOOD MOVE MR PRESIDENT BECAUSE AIR MALAWI WILL BENEFIT FROM THE TRIP

  64. John says:

    DONT KILL MALAWIAN AIRLINES, PAY FOR YOUR FARES IN FULL! THIS IS A BUSINESS

  65. John says:

    BUT WATCH THIS SPACE, THERE IS A SYSTEMATIC PLOT TO BLACK-OUT VP SAULOSI CHILIMA. DPP NDI CHIPANI CHA AGALU AND THEY WILL NEVER LEARN A LESSON. IN 2012 ANABETSA BOMA BECAUSE OF SIDELINING JB, THEN THE VICE PRESIDENT. NOW THEY ARE DOING THE SAME WITH CHILIMA.

    LOOK ALL CAMERAS AT THE AIRPORT WERE BUSY ESCORTING THE PRESIDENT’S PLANE IN THE AIR AND WE DID NOT HAVE A GLIMPSE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT EVEN AFTER WITHDRAWING THE CAMERAS FROM THE SKY.

    THIS IS PATHETIC. GOD IS WATCHING! DONT SAY I DID NOT WARN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. No Laughing Matter says:

    Plane is a plane not a taxi what was the fuss Mr president?

  67. Green Grass says:

    Viva people power! Let Malawian Airlines also benefit from this global trotting!

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