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Presidential Jet Finally on sale

By Amalawi - Tue Jan 29, 11:28 am

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By our reporter,

Malawi: The Malawi government has finally advertised the sale of the presidential jet through an open tender.

Government officials said the jet has been advertised locall and internationally through its diplomatic offices around the world.

“The Malawi Government had decided that the jet should be disposed of ‘on as is basis’ to an interested individual or firm,” reads part of the advertisement which also gives specifications of the Dassault Falcon 900EX executive jet.

Potential buyers have been given up to 20 February 2013 to deposit their bids through the chairperson of the internal procurement committee (IPC) at OPC in Lilongwe.

According to the advertisement, the jet, was manufactured in 1998 by the Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation of France and bought by Malawi Government for use by the President in 2009.

The advertisement says the customised three-engine 14-seater jet, which underwent a 2C inspection in 2011, is in perfect flying condition and can fly a range of 4 500 nautical miles non-stop.

Minister of Information and Civic Education Moses Kunkuyu, who is also the official government spokesperson, said although he did not have details about the advertisement, it might be possible that the call has been made both locally and internationally.

The presidential jet was bought by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika at about $22.4 million (about K7.8 billion at the current rate) with projected maintenance and insurance annual cost of $300 000 (about K105 million at the current rate).

All along, there have been different views on whether the country should sell the jet or not. It was at the centre of controversy during the Mutharika administration and in the July 20 2011 20-point petition, civil society organisations demanded that the jet be sold.

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