Malawi President’s Peter Mutharika appetite in spending tax payer’s money in time of social economic and political doldrums, continue to surface as recent investigations which Nyasa Times has made has revealed that Malawians will have to cough out more than K300 million in hiring of Global Express Bombardier BD-700-1A10 modern Jet from Ocean Sky Private Jet Company in London, United Kingdom.
Mutharika chartered a plane for his bloated entourage to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
State House sources conversant with the deal confided with Nyasa Times that the President is using one of the most luxurious jets in the world, Global Express Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Registration Number OE-IGS.
Online information shows that Global Express aircrafts are modern jets manufactured in Canada and are used by world class executives. They can fly across continents in the world with one stop refuelling and very reliable because of comfort and high speed.
“This is a very expensive jet because Government is spending 12,800USD per flight hour,” Nyasa Times sources indicated.
The aircraft was spotted at Kamuzu International on Sunday 20th September with European pilots and left on Monday afternoon with President Mutharika.
Investigations further reveal that Bombardier Jet takes 21 Hours to fly from Kamuzu International Airport to USA.
What this means is that the poor country, Malawi will have to cough out 268,800USD at the rate of 21 Hours times per hour charge of 12,800USD one way.
Our investigations further reveal that Bombardier Jet owners will go smiling to the bank with a cool 537,680USD after the end of the contract.
That figure is minus parking fees of 2000 USD per day and pilot allowances for three weeks in USA.
Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Jet is such an expensive because of its outstanding facilities.
These facilities includes satellite phones which one can use to call anybody in the world, have 4 beds, Luxurious wash rooms, In built Kitchen, Office equipped with luxurious sofas and adjustable tables. The owners advertise these facilities for business executives and politicians to see.
Global Express Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Jet has a capacity to carry 12 to 15 passengers according to aviation experts because they are designed for business executives.
Commentators have challenged President Mutharika to explain to the poverty-stricken Malawians why he had to use a foreign chartered plane using taxpayers’ money if he was fit and did not need any special treatment.
They further challenged the President to state why he could not board ordinary planes as past heads of state did, when he was fully aware that the nation was facing unprecedented economic challenges that needed urgent redress.
One commentator who accused Mutharika of being “so extravagant” said if the President’s health did not permit him to use ordinary planes, he should have instead asked his Vice-President Saulos Chilima or foreign affairs minister George Chaponda to represent him instead of wasting huge sums of money on chartering a foreign plane.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :