First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi Trust has received a donation of an aircraft from Delivering Hope International (DHI), an American humanitarian organisation.
The donation has been made to assist the First Lady and her Trust to respond to emergencies on time.
According to Collins Magalasi, President Mutharika’s Chief Economic Adviser, the benefactor will meet the operational costs of the D4 plane for two years.
“They will also provide pilots and engineers in that period,” said Magalasi.
D4 is a two-seat light aircraft capable of landing or taking off on a flat field measuring at least 100 metres.
“It means the plane would be able to land on football pitches, and that makes it ideal and convenient for the fulfilment of the purpose for which it has been given,” he explained.
Magalasi said the donation was timely considering that country depended on Malawi Defence Force’s (MDF) helicopters to respond to natural disasters.
DHI president will be in Malawi in the next fortnight to have the aircraft registered and licenced.
DHI is a Christian non-profit organisation with three-fold long term goal; missionary team mobilisation, aircraft response and humanitarian aid.