Malawi President Peter Mutharika is expected to charter a private jet when he travels to Malta for the Commonwealth summit on Tuesday despite the economic hardships the country is going through.
Mutharika said in October that government will continue chartering a private jet for his foreign trips.
“One time I was at an airport for 10 hours. Do you want your president to sit at an airport for 10 hours? The office of the president must be treated with integrity,” said Mutharika.
The Malawi leader was criticized by opposition parties for using more than K300 million to hire a Global Express Bombardier BD-700-1A10 from Ocean Sky Private Jet Company of London, United Kingdom.
The opposition parties also faulted Mutharika for taking a large delegation with him to New York.
Meanwhile, Minister of foreign affairs George Chaponda has said Mutharika is expected to take with him not more than fifteen delegates to the Commonwealth summit.