Joyce Banda to be quizzed on Malawi presidential jet ‘batter’

Former President Joyce Banda will be quizzed by government to establish  the truth about the disposal of the French-made jet to Bohnox Enterprises Limited, a subsidiary of Paramount Group, a South Africa-based defence and military equipment supplier.

Banda decided to sell the jet

The Banda administration had given conflicting explanations on the sale of the jet, including how the State had used the proceeds of the jet—prompting some donors such as the United Kingdom, opposition parties and civil society organisations (CSOs) to demand  an investigation into the sale.

It was disclosed that the jet was “battered off” to offset a $19 million debt owed to Paramount Group.

“It was me who said let’s sell the jet and the Cabinet agreed three things to benefit Malawi…to buy maize, buy military equipment such as patrol boats and pay for peacekeeping mission in the DRC,” Banda is on record to have  said.

Some of the “money was also used to buy medicine and fertiliser, which was loaned to farmers,” she said.

Malawi coughed $22m to buy the Dassault Falcon 900EX jet in 2009 under late Bingu wa Mutharika’s rule, a move that angered western donors who claimed that the jet was partly bought using donor funds aimed at uplifting the impoverished citizenry.

Secretary to Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo has told a local press that the jet was battered off, there was need for a thorough investigation, to find out how the deal was conducted and where the proceeds went.

He said it is an important and outstanding matter that needed to be pursued and not as witchunt.

Defence and Security Committee of Parliament chairperson Charles Tikhiwa has said it is now clear that government was duped, according to quotes reported in the press.

“It’s clear proper procedures on the sale of the jet were not followed. We understand Malawi Defence Force (MDF) was not aware about the deal; Cabinet was simply informed when it was actually supposed to approve the transaction, and everything seems was done in suspicious manner.

“The issues that the presidential jet was battered off were made known way too long and after government was pressured to provide answers on how much the jet was sold,” Tikhiwa said.

Government promised to 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.

While initially the Banda administration claimed it had sold the jet at $15 million and used the proceeds to procure arms and maize, following a number of investigative stories that dismissed the assertion, the administration through the task force finally confirmed that the jet was traded off to offset a debt the government owed to Paramount Group.

 

 

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Charlie brown
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Charlie brown

Nonse akuba ,Peter ,Joyce..you should also ask Joyce Banda about the torched escom building…Paja anawotcha ndi mwana wa mayi Joyce Banda..Thief’s everywhere

Zabura
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Zabura

We fail to tackle cases and accomplish because everybody is corrupt but degree of corruption differs.Nkhani kuziyamba osawoneka komwe yathera. Kunali ya ndege chimanga zambiri kubgowononga ndalama pachabe.Amene sakufuna ya Ndege ndi ana amayi amadya nawo imeneyo ndi chimanga Brian Banda atha kuyankha bwino. K145 Million ndie amene sakufuna ipitilire ndi apanowa amene akudya nawo. CSO nthawi ya PP munkadya nawo palibe chitukuko ndi chimodzi chomwe amai anapanga koma kuva za ndege chimanga zida cash gate koma muli ziii phokoso simumapanga momwe mumachitira nthawi ya Bingu kapena lapanoli kodi kulira konseku mumafuna ndalamazi eti. CHANGE YOUR APPROACH BECAUSE YOU SEEM… Read more »

Zam'tonda
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Zam'tonda

EedHey it is BARTER not batter change in spelling can simply peg whoever reads your reports in totally different world. Most of our Malawian journalists are illiterate they are lazy they don’t make an effort to go into the mind of the readers what impact an idle report has and remember that from good reports our children are good to learn about expansive writing. Bakili is dancing to corruption music in our courts the Malawi CSOs are baying for APMs resignation over Pioneer Investment sleaze the jet barter by our beloved JB is an additional dish to our corruption banquets.… Read more »

Nabanda
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Zibwana zimenezi ai, chifukwa choti tikufuna mufotokozele bwinobwino mtundu wa a Malawi za MK145 million mukunama kuti ndi donation, ndiye mukubwelesa nkhani ya ndege? aaaaaah ai fotokozani ya fresh iyi. Palibe zozemba apa ai, APM ife a Malawi tikuvutika ndi umphawi, zoona mulibe chisoni muzingodya bwino nokha? I urge ACB to deal with the fresh story concerning the MK145 million, please!

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

DPP knows most Malawians are a gullible lot & of coz easy to con. Especially the semi-illiterate poverty-stricken electorate from certain areas & regions the country.
Selfish & clueless DPP gurus pretty-well know will get away this such GRAND theft.
SHAME on MBAVA!!!

khodo
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failed state ever seen in my life

Ujeni ujeni
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Ujeni ujeni

Trying to divert the public attention to the K145m APM chopped

Ujeni ujeni
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Ujeni ujeni

Trying to divert the K145m stolen money by APM

Sugzo
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Sugzo

Why asknJoyce Banda as if she was directly responsible for the nitty gritty of the deal. I was in OPC that time if anything ask Ndilowe and Treasury.

Lupwito
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Lupwito

Zayambika basi Amayi mphamvuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Nalingula
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Nalingula

kkkkk ati Titosiye kukamba za Pioneer tikambe za Amayi.Iri Nthawi ya Amayi bwenzi pano Pioneer ndi anzache ali Ku Chichiri.Ndi Amayi okha anamanga Anthu pa cashgate.Za 566billion kuli zii .Timangomva Bring me the Evidence …

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