Malawi invites bids for President Banda’s plane to raise much-needed revenue0 Comments

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Posted on 28 Jan 2013 at 5:31pm

For sale, presidential jet, 15 years old. Perfect flying condition. $13.3 million (Dh48.85 million). Contact Malawi for details.

The cash-strapped southern African country on Monday announced that it will be inviting bids for President Joyce Banda’s jet as it tries to raise much-needed revenue.

Malawi presidential plane

Malawi presidential plane

“The Malawi government has decided that the jet should be disposed of ‘on as-is basis’ to an interested individual or firm,” the president’s office said in a tender notice.

The Dassault Falcon 900EX, built in 1998 and which seats 14 passengers, was in “perfect flying condition”, according to the notice.

Bids open on February 20.

Late president Bingu wa Mutharika controversially acquired the jet five years ago, despite poverty in the country. At the time Mutharika said it was “cheap to run”, despite his country depending on aid inflows for almost half its budget.

Former colonial power Britain, Malawi’s main bilateral donor, reduced its aid to Malawi by £3 million (Dh17.33 million) after the purchase.

Banda vowed to sell the plane as a cost-saving measure when she succeeded Mutharika after his death last April.


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