The government of Malawi is contemplating of directing money fetched from the sale of the country’s presidential jet back to the ordinary citizen in purchasing food, Treasury Spokesperson has been disclosed.
Early this year Malawi tagged the jet at $15 million, because President Joyce Banda declared it as an excess luggage to administration. This, she did as one way of making mends to the rift left by the DPP-led government.
“The money realized from the sale of the presidential jet will be used to purchase maize locally to help feed the suffering masses and some of it will go toward legume production,” Treasury Spokesman Nations Msowoya said, but did not commit himself to reveal the exact money to be used in buying the maize.
The sale of the plane the government bought in 2009 during the Professor Bingu wa Mutharika era, at a whooping $ 22 million, amid outcries from both the local and international community, was announced early this year but the final transactions were done in July after which it kissed goodbye to the Southern Africa hunger stricken nation.
The jet, which the Malawi government sold $5 less than the market price, was also costing the impoverished nation $300,000 a year in maintenance and insurance.
Despite spending more than K 50 billion to finance maize production in the much touted subsidy programme, Malawi faces chronic hunger with more than a million people suffering.
But the arrangement to have the jet money used for maize purchase has not gone well with certain quarters who think it is a misplacement of resources.
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