Mutharika boards commercial flight for African Union summit

President Peter Mutharika on Sunday left for African Union (AU)  heads of State summit in Addiss Ababa, Ethiopia  boarding a commercial flight to get to his meeting.

President Peter Mutharika is seen off by the vice president Saulos Chilima

Mutharika on deparure at KIA

President Mutharika and First Lady in Addis Ababa

Mutharika left on an Ethiopian Airlines  from Kamuzu Internationa Airport.

Last time Mutharika was on commercial flight  he  travelled to Malta for the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (Chogm) but his 27-hour travel was rife with pitfalls such as some of his luggage  which contained confidential information and clothing went missing.

The  incident of missing luggage was one of the disadvantages of the President travelling using commercial airlines and not a chartered plane or presidential jet.

But in step with the austerity measures, the President decided to board commercial flight on his  trip to AU.

A presidential jet that former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika bought in 2009 was in July 2013 controversially bartered off to Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company, Paramount Group, after president Joyce Banda assumed office.

The barter, which was done to offset a $19 million debt owed to Paramount Group, attracted controversy, with the current government probing whether the sale of the jet was fuelled by kickbacks and corruption.

Commeting on the AU summit, President Mutharika said the AU will have official theme proposed by the Malawi leader : “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.”

He said: “Since we proposed the theme and was unanimously adopted by the UN, Malawian youth will be a case study.”

Mutharika said this will promote the channeling of investments in youth.

He  said: “The Summit in line with the theme we expect the youths to be empowered especially young girls for leadership and civil participation.”

Upon arrival Sunday, at Bole International Airport, President Mutharika was welcomed by  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika who has arrived earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Francis Kasaila, Ambassador of Malawi to Ethiopia Chimango Chirwa, Chief Secretary to Government Llyod Muhala and other AU officials.

Among other engagements, the Malawi leader will attend African Leaders Malaria Alliance and the implementation of the Common Africa position on ending child marriages.

And AU held a first-ever African Youth Conference on Unity and Development from January 22 to 25.

The AU summit is an African debut of sorts for Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow, triumphant from a bruising election that nearly ended in bloodshed after the longtime president Yahyah Jammeh initially refused to vacate the seat he had held for 22 years.

Leaders will make a secret vote to choose their pick for the new head of the African Union commission, after they failed to choose a successor for Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the last summit six months ago.

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15 thoughts on “Mutharika boards commercial flight for African Union summit”

  1. love malawi says:

    those who don’t respect their leaders have no respect of themselves and have neither respect of God who created them,our leader is supposed to be boarding our jet that is belonging to our country not boarding this common airline with little security, Malawians let us love our president Plz the way we love our biological father.

  2. Winford says:

    Leave Our Learned Professor Alone Mind Ur Own Business

  3. jogi says:

    Osaka deal a monsoon kumeneko kuti mukabweremso mochedwa mkumanena kuti you are meeting mysterious people one by one

  4. Jangho says:

    Zoonadi umphawi umayambitsa ufiti. Ku Malawi kuli mfiti zambiri zosafunira za bwino President wawo…..

  5. gift says:

    Amalawi uchitsilu kupeputsa mtsoleri chifukwa mumakonda otsutsa boma fuck u all

  6. howard says:

    HE IS JUST PRETENDING.. HE BOARDS COMMERCIAL FLIGHT BUT BUYS EXPENSIVE VEHICLES. TRAVELS AT HOME IN A FOOLISLY LONG CONVOY.

    THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE UNEDUCATED POPULATION

    HE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT…. THE COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE POOREST IN THE WORLD
    THERE IS NOTHING TO SHOW BECAUSE ANY MONEY THERE IS DONATIONS.

    WITH TRUMP IN OFFICE AND THE UK BECOMING SICK OF MALAWI LETS HOPE THESE COUNTRIES CUT OFF THE
    REMAINING AID SO THAT HE WILL SOON TAKE THE MINIBUS AND AXA FOR CONVOY!

  7. Dzimwale wamkulu says:

    Bravo our leader, leading by example.. cost cutting. Koma our first lady looking great! iyayi akutiimilira

  8. Ngalamayi says:

    Wow! Maybe APM is beginning to learn how to lead by example! A small beginning but we can hope it will grow bigger. Losing luggage with confidential material? Why did he put it in a suitcase? Any traveller knows that should be in your handluggage, always with you.

  9. Gulupu says:

    Mufuna kunena chani by saying kuti katundu wake anasowa? Mukufuna kuti timve chisoni? Mukufuna justification yoti azikwera ndege yake yake kuti katundu asasowe? Mabodza basi. Katundu sanasowe ata. Tatopa nazo ndale za brainwashing. Zikomo pokwera commercial flight, after all munakwera First Class ya ET.

  10. Che nnungu says:

    After all the lagguage did not miss. He just wanted sympathy…..

  11. dumbani ngwira says:

    i dont what wrong with malawians, but the way i see it and want it, its better Malawi buys a presidential jet

  12. gadaffi says:

    if lagguge went missing he shuld blame his second bodyguard bcoz he is the one responsible for lagguge for president when he is travelling.stop politicising everythng .mmalo modandaula anthu omwe akumwalira ndi njala ndie tizikadandaula kusowa kwa katundu ?moreover tinamgulira ndife katunduyo.foolish malawi politics.

    1. mabusa says:

      KKKKKKK I LOVE IT

  13. Phiri says:

    This is commendable Mr President!

  14. mabusa says:

    politics! politics!, this in not true. how come only his luggage? do you believe this, how many presidents travelling on commercial flights lost their luggage? kkkkkkkkkkkkkk dome malawians you believe this and where is the evidence? they are playing with you malawians they want you to sympathize with him then you let him fly chartered planes. allow him and let him keep on milking you poor malawians and keep on sleeping.

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