The Malawi government led by President Peter Mutharika has made a U-turn on a purported move to procure a presidential jet , days after the media blew the whistle that there were plans for the move.
Reports had it that government had in stock the plans to purchase the jet after the economy gets back on track.
But in response, to an article that the Malawi News carried on 31 October, 2015,government has shrugged off the reports.
In a press statement released on Saturday, October 31, signed by information minister, Jappie Mhango, government says this is not true at all.
The press statement states that neither the president nor any government agency has plans to procure a presidential jet now or in future.
The information minister in the statement said the state president’s commitment to exercising financial prudence and cutting down on unnecessary expenditure remains as ever before.
The press statement also states that the government of Mutharika remains committed to supporting the freedom of the press.
The development comes after Malawi News claimed to have quoted the presidential press secretary, Gerald Viola, who we understand has since been axed alleging that it is the aim of the Malawi government to purchase a presidential jet, a statement that government says is a misquote.