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Vol 55 No 3

Published 7th February 2014


Malawi

Banda and the jets

Beleaguered President Joyce Banda is suffering substantial political damage from what many Malawians are calling hypocrisy after she was found to be using the presidential private jet she had only just sold. The late President Bingu wa Mutharika secretly bought the US$13 million Dassault Falcon 900EX in 2009, prompting a £3 mn. (now $4.93 mn.) cut in British aid payments the following year. To much acclaim, Banda sold the plane, along with a fleet of 60 Mercedes limousines, when she came to office but its new owners have allowed her to use it free of charge.

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