The government of Malawi has quashed its earlier proposal for the purchase of new Presidential Jet for President Professor Arthur Peter aimed at saving cost anchored when hiring a private Jet.

Minister of Information Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa last week told the media that in all fairness every country needs a presidential jet for convenient travelling.

The development sparked debate among Malawians with others urging the government not to repeat the same mistake that the late President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika did during his term of office.

The news also received criticisms from Britons in United Kingdom who advised the British Government to withhold its aid to the country, saying the decision is “absurd”, especially coming from a country where the majority live below the poverty line.

Reacting to the news, Nankhumwa said the Government of Malawi is yet to make a decision on the matter and there is no need for the British Government to stop supporting the country.

He said his remarks were just a proposal for the Malawi nation to have its own Presidential Jet rather than relying on Chartered Jet as it was the case with recent trip to United States of America (USA).

Former President Dr. Joyce Banda sold the Presidential Jet just after ascending to power in 2012 on the grounds that it was costly to the country.

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