Govt commissions fresh probe into presidential jet sale

Government says it has commissioned
new investigation into the controversial
sale of the presidential jet by the Joyce
Banda administration.
Former President Joyce Banda’s
administration was caught in cross-wire
following controversial information
revealing shoddy dealings in the
transaction on the sale of the jet.
The jet was bought by late President
Bingu wa Mutharika and it attracted
widespread criticism from the donor
community and local commentators.
But the late Mutharika defended his
decision saying it was a national asset
and will benefit the country.
The former Joyce Banda regime then
sold the jet as part of its expenditure
control, claiming it was expensive to
maintain.
The jet was sold to Virgin Islands
Company, Bohnox Enterprise Ltd at
around $15m. And Banda initially
affirmed that proceeds from the jet sale
would be used to feed the poor and grow
crops to fight malnutrition.
However, the jet sale also attracted
comments from the public after media
reports revealed that the jet was
battered in an arms deal, and that the
government never realized any financial
proceeds from the sale.
Minister of Information Kondwani
Nankhumwa told local media that
government is currently scrutinizing
various documents on the sale of the jet.
According to Nankhumwa, the public
would be informed about the outcome of
the investigations.

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