APM confirms probe into sale of presidential jet by JB
Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Monday lashed out at those insinuating his is planning to buy a jet once the country’s economy stabilize but revealed that his administration is working to find out the actual truth on how the presidential jet, bought during President Bingu wa Mutharika’s time in office, was sold out without Malawi significantly benefiting from the proceeds.
Commentators have hinted that Mutharika’s government was staging events to influence the nation to support its desire to buy a presidential jet.
One of the event was Mutharika’s trip to Malta for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where he used commercial airlines throughout all the three connecting flights to his destination.
Through the trip it was also reported that the President’s luggage and confidential documents went missing during the flights.
But Mutharika has dismissed the assertions that his is contemplating of buying the jet, arguing some people are obsessed with the idea.
”I hope this nonsense will stop once and for all, government has no plans to buy a jet,” said Mutharika who was visibly irritated by the issue.
”Lets leave this obssession and move forward”.
Asked about the presidential jet that was sold by the Peoples Party (PP) administration, Mutharika said government was still investigating the issue.
He said that upon completion of analysing the issues government will come up with a report which will be made public so that citizens will have to appreciate how processes were conducted in selling the jet.
The President said if something fishy happened in the process then necessary measures will be undertaken on those that were involved in the issue.
He warned that the arm of law will take its course on those implicated in the controversial sale of the jet that was sold under former President Joyce Banda’s tenure.
Mutharika highlighted that Joyce Banda and her administration contradicted themselves as to what exactly what happened with the proceeds from the jet sale.
”There are procurement systems in this country. If the procurement system was not followed, those who flauted the procedure will be found guilty. Believe me we will get to the bottom of this,” warned Mutharika.
The Dassault Falcon 900EX Presidential jet bought in 2009 by late Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration, cost Malawi almost $22million, a move that angered western donors who claimed that the jet was partly bought using funds aimed at uplifting the impoverished citizenry.
Banda sold the jet to British Virgin Islands company Bohnox Enterprises, and claimed the proceeds were used to buy maize and medicine for the country.
Reports, however, revealed that the jet was bartered.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
I believe the truth of jetgate are investigate even before your took over the country so don’t fool us here.
Just start the case now if you have teeth. I like Mugufuli he acts I wsh we had so many people of his kind
It is you Peter Mathanyula who is the most stupid, nonsense person in Malawi and Africa beyond, nonsense president each time you cry like guinea fowl!
what you know is shouting. u useless leader. cant you sort out this electricity mess, Economic mess first? who do you think you are? when you wake up what comes in your mind is to talk about Joice Banda – a lady for that matter. I feel sorry not only for myself but for my wife and daughter for having a visionless leader like you.
Fact 1. A presidential jet not Bingu jet was bought by DPP government.(it was criticized)
Fact 2. The presidential Jet was sold by PP government.(It was criticized)
wabwino azitani guys?
Billy, the 577$ billion was supposed to be investigated by PP not DPP so if PP left it , don’t blame the current government. anaona kuti zonse zili bwino a PP wo!
If selling the jet was illegal then buying or the thought of buying a new one is blasphemous!
Even if the investigations are never concluded I am just happy that Joyce Banda is weeping and gnashing her teeth right here on earth!
Ufere kunja konko mai woipa iwe! Nalikukuti wachabechabe!
this guy is either very lazy or very stupid or both. it takes 2 days to figure out what happenned to jetgate! Too slow to think and too old. this man should retire and let Chilima take ove.
Mr President, mind your language! There can only be one President at a time, some of the people you are calling “nonsense ” are future Presidents of this country. Respect is earned and your language is eroding the respect that we have for your office! If you want us to respect you solve our economic problems! Otherwise no matter how much you bang tables or issue arrogant statements, no artucu,ate Malawian will respect you!!
Koma chi dziko ichichi ndichokanika basi