Mutharika’s gov’t to follow up on jetgate : Sold Malawi presidential jet

Government officials have revealed that they are working to find out the actual truth on how the presidential jet, bought during Pres Bingu wa Mutharika’s time in office, was sold out without Malawi significantly benefiting from the proceeds.
This comes months after the new administration assumed power after May 20 tripartite elections by trouncing the former ruling Peoples Party under the leadership of Joyce Banda whose government spearheaded the sell of the presidential jet.
Initially former president Joyce Banda and her former cabinet ministers contradicted each other on how the money from the sell of the jet was spent.
President Banda told the nation that the money was partly spent locally on maize that was given as food handouts to some hunger stricken families after the company that procured the jet had paid the money.
In contrast the then finance minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba flanked by some ministers and the former Chief Secretary Hawa Ndilowe revealed that there was no single Tambala that was spent locally on some items because the money went straight to service military arms deal arrears with Paramount Group LTD that bought the jet.
Speaking in an interview with MaraviPost, Minister of information Kondwani Nankhumwa said that government is keenly following up on the issue which raised public eye brows when the jet was sold mysteriously.
Nankhumwa said that there are legally laid down procedures when government want to procure military equipment for the nation and that government will follow up on all the transactions that were undertaken to ensure that justice prevails.
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.
Nankhumwa said if something fishy happened in the process then necessary measures will be undertaken on those that were involved in the issue.

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