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Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by egoldman(m): 6:31pm On Jun 01, 2012
As I read the article below , i could not help but wish that Nigeria Government would emulate this woman both at state and federal level , she is a roll model for other African states , what do you guys have to say about what she did with reference to our own government ?

SOURCE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9306069/Malawis-new-president-sells-off-presidential-jet-and-60-Mercedes.html

Malawi's new president sells off presidential jet and 60 Mercedes

Joyce Banda, Malawi's new president, has announced the presidential jet and fleet of 60 Mercedes limousines would be sold in a move applauded by a British cabinet minister as an example to other African leaders.

Mrs Banda had sent a signal of her intent and her priorities at a time of financial austerity both in Malawi and Britain Photo: AFP
By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg and Damien McElroy4:30PM BST 01 Jun 2012
Mrs Banda said she was happy to "offload" the presidential perks, adding: "I can well use private airlines. I am already used to hitchhiking."
It means that the 62-year-old head of state – the second woman to hold the position in Africa – will fly to the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in London this weekend with British Airways.
Andrew Mitchell, the UK International Development Secretary who is currently visiting Malawi, delivered a £33m cash injection for Mrs Banda's government.
He said the move was a sign of the "seriousness Mrs Banda is applying to overturn bad decisions taken under the previous government".
The former vice-president in Bingu wa Mutharika's government, she stepped into the presidency in April when he suffered a heart attack. The jet had annual running costs of £220,000.
Since then, she has sacked former members of the "old guard" in the cabinet and security services, brought back Malawi's old flag and pledged to lift the country's ban on homosexuality.
Most recently, she followed long-standing International Monetary Fund advice to devalue Malawi's currency by a third.
The move caused panic buying and a sharp rise in the prices of basic foods and fuel.
But her decisions have seen donors including Britain, the EU, Germany, Norway and the World Bank, re-establish warm relations with Malawi.
Mr Mitchell announced that Britain, Malawi's biggest bilateral aid donor, would send a Bank of England expert to help stabilise the currency, and handed £23 million to the Finance Ministry.
He said that Mrs Banda had sent a signal of her intent and her priorities at a time of financial austerity both in Malawi and Britain.
"The importance of an African leader giving up the jets and Mercedes is iconic," he said.
"There are millions of people in need of drugs. I went to a hospital and saw people who were clearly ill queueing for drugs that were not there.
"We are making £10 million available for Malawi to stock up, and extra funding for agriculture, education and health to reinforce the work of this very good president."
Steve Sharra, a prominent Malawian blogger, said that Mrs Banda's actions were broadly welcomed by her countrymen.
Critics joked, however, that Malawi was transforming from a "God-fearing country" to a "donor-fearing country".
"The currency devaluation has been hard but I think most people understood why it had to happen and she is enjoying extraordinary amounts of goodwill and trust among Malawians," he said.
"All presidents start out well and we will have to see how she behaves after she is re-elected but for me, what's important is that she consults before taking decisions. With President Mutharika, it was his way or the highway."
The former president's profligacy provoked a Whitehall decision to suspend aid to Malawi last year.
In 2010, he was accused of using £2 million of public money to build new roads to travel in comfort to his second wedding.
The same year, he unveiled a multi-million dollar Taj Mahal-style mausoleum in memory of his late wife Ethel.
Mr Mutharika had defended the purchase of the jet as a "must" for a national leader in 2009.
"The jet that I purchased is not mine. It belongs to the nation," he claimed. "It will be used by 10, 11 other people coming after me. So that's an asset."

SOURCE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9306069/Malawis-new-president-sells-off-presidential-jet-and-60-Mercedes.html
 
 
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Biggyd2: 9:26pm On Jun 01, 2012
If only other "long throat' African Leaders will take a cue from this woman. Just imagine telling Mr. Aso Rock to do same? What will be his reaction.

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by intelligen(m): 9:27pm On Jun 01, 2012
Sounds good,i jst hope no nigerian leader,former or present visits her..else d story wld change..u knw wat i mean na..
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by 4evergod3: 9:31pm On Jun 01, 2012
Biggyd2: If only other "long throat' African Leaders will take a cue from this woman. Just imagine telling Mr. Aso Rock to do same? What will be his reaction.


HIS REACTION WOULD BE "HOW CAN I A PHD HOLDER AND THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA AND MY UMBLERRA PRONOUNCING WIFE HITCH HIKE. I NEED 3 MORE PLANES FOR ME AND ANOTHER 3 FOR MY WIFE" I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS WITHOUT SHOES..... BLA BLA BLA.

I LAUGH IN PATWA.

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by freshmoney(m): 9:34pm On Jun 01, 2012
egoldman: As I read the article below , i could not help but wish that Nigeria Government would emulate this woman both at state and federal level , she is a roll model for other African states , what do you guys have to say about what she did with reference to our own government ?

SOURCE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9306069/Malawis-new-president-sells-off-presidential-jet-and-60-Mercedes.html

Malawi's new president sells off presidential jet and 60 Mercedes



SOURCE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9306069/Malawis-new-president-sells-off-presidential-jet-and-60-Mercedes.html

Not new. The gone president probably had no shoes. So he relished what was left of his country- like our home-made Retardeen Jonathan undecided Jesus weeps

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by ebamma(m): 9:37pm On Jun 01, 2012
she is not the one in charge of the country now, its the imf and the world bank and britain,any decision she takes is not hers but their's.

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Biggyd2: 9:37pm On Jun 01, 2012
4evergod3:


HIS REACTION WOULD BE "HOW CAN I A PHD HOLDER AND THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA AND MY UMBLERRA PRONOUNCING WIFE HITCH HIKE. I NEED 3 MORE PLANES FOR ME AND ANOTHER 3 FOR MY WIFE" I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS WITHOUT SHOES..... BLA BLA BLA.

I LAUGH IN PATWA.

I wan laff break my waist o!!! grin grin grin grin

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by femmy2010(m): 9:42pm On Jun 01, 2012
4evergod3:


HIS REACTION WOULD BE "HOW CAN I A PHD HOLDER AND THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA AND MY UMBLERRA PRONOUNCING WIFE HITCH HIKE. I NEED 3 MORE PLANES FOR ME AND ANOTHER 3 FOR MY WIFE" I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS WITHOUT SHOES..... BLA BLA BLA.

I LAUGH IN PATWA.

hahaha
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by wandeay: 9:44pm On Jun 01, 2012
what an unserious man cannot do, a serious woman will do better, God bless you, i hope Malawi will change and d poor level of africa will reduce by @least 1 country
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by ikee(m): 9:46pm On Jun 01, 2012
Good News indeed but wonder if any african leader will emulate her especially our own ...........Nigeria. undecided
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Elmos: 9:55pm On Jun 01, 2012
ikee: Good News indeed but wonder if any african leader will emulate her especially our own ...........Nigeria. undecided


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCd5g-IaDuA
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Elmos: 9:57pm On Jun 01, 2012
ikee: Good News indeed but wonder if any african leader will emulate her especially our own ...........Nigeria. undecided


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCd5g-IaDuA

Listen to the aspect of her testimonies where she said what she has learned about humility and helping the less privileged
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by chuks49(m): 9:58pm On Jun 01, 2012
Good move from president banda, but she should be know that IMF romance with third world countries never ends well.

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Elmos: 9:58pm On Jun 01, 2012
egoldman: As I read the article below , i could not help but wish that Nigeria Government would emulate this woman both at state and federal level , she is a roll model for other African states , what do you guys have to say about what she did with reference to our own government ?

SOURCE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9306069/Malawis-new-president-sells-off-presidential-jet-and-60-Mercedes.html

Malawi's new president sells off presidential jet and 60 Mercedes



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCd5g-IaDuA



SOURCE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9306069/Malawis-new-president-sells-off-presidential-jet-and-60-Mercedes.html
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by engineerd(m): 9:58pm On Jun 01, 2012
ebamma: she is not the one in charge of the country now, its the imf and the world bank and britain,any decision she takes is not hers but their's.

So what does have to do with anything? Are the decisions being made good for Malawi? That's the question, if African's can't make good decisions to save our lives, then whose fault is it?

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by crackhouse: 10:03pm On Jun 01, 2012
Malawi need help from other countries b/cos that's where they depend on and this have made her to welcome homosexuality in malawi just to get help from Britain or didn't u guys see that one? Is that one also nice too?. From what i see, that woman is playing a good woman and dancing to the tune of her donors just to get their money. How are we sure she's working with the money. Is there any Nigerian there to testify to that. Maybe after her tenure u will start hearing that she bought a private jet.

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by onila(f): 10:07pm On Jun 01, 2012
this is why women shld rule Africa and not these crap, polygamous African men

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Delafruita(m): 10:11pm On Jun 01, 2012
it was apparent from her visits to SCOAN that she is a person who you will epect to do great things.TB Joshua told her to prepare even when she was vice president and i remember him extending an invitation to her to take a counselling session with him in preparation for the net step.i believe that counselling is bearing fruits.
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Delafruita(m): 10:21pm On Jun 01, 2012
crackhouse: Malawi need help from other countries b/cos that's where they depend on and this have made her to welcome homosexuality in malawi just to get help from Britain or didn't u guys see that one? Is that one also nice too?. From what i see, that woman is playing a good woman and dancing to the tune of her donors just to get their money. How are we sure she's working with the money. Is there any Nigerian there to testify to that. Maybe after her tenure u will start hearing that she bought a private jet.
my friend the first step is to show commitment and then get the money to make things happen.she has shown her people that she is ready to make the necessary sacrifices to move the country forward.she has shown them that she is ready to set aside archhaic sentiments like homophobia so as to make life better for her people.i believe she will leave a great legacy
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by folahann(m): 10:27pm On Jun 01, 2012
Nigerians, are we watching?
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by clemmonce(m): 10:28pm On Jun 01, 2012
BUT GUYS LET US THINK ABOUT THIS WETIN BE BRITAIN OWN 4 HOMOSEXUAL MATTER ? I THINK DAT IS WHERE ANTI CHRIST WIL COME OUT FRM
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Ignatio(m): 10:29pm On Jun 01, 2012
I think selling the jet and the limos are to divert our attention from the real deal which is lifting ban on gays. They give her aid on the terms that she turn Malawi into a homosexuality heaven. Epic fail on her side.

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by cjotech: 10:34pm On Jun 01, 2012
d only good news there is selling off those jets and limos. nothing else.
Hope odechukwu ll ve balls to do same
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Yinkay: 10:34pm On Jun 01, 2012
It would be a surprise if Nigerian politicians or Money-missed roads are not already showing interest in buying up those limos!!!!

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Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by kemiola89(f): 10:35pm On Jun 01, 2012
Female president in the making!
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by zangiff(m): 10:36pm On Jun 01, 2012
vanity upon vanity,this money na vanity while your country men suffers
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by BlackBaron: 10:37pm On Jun 01, 2012
Meanwhile, our President uses a convoy of 22 armoured mercedes cars, travels in various Presidential jets and has sole use of 1 of the airforce's C-130 to ferry his cars whenever on a visit to other African states.
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Butoneday2(m): 10:40pm On Jun 01, 2012
Am listening?
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by Buc(m): 10:47pm On Jun 01, 2012
Pls u people should stop putting idea of selling state properties into d head of a Nigerian ruler otherwise not only re we not going to c d money but, this people we sell beyond what u advise them sell and expect a free 4 all with Jona at d top. I woult b suprise if policemen start selling guns and patrol vehicles given to them and gatemen at govt buildings removing d gates 2 sell not to talk of d ogas.
Re: Malawi's President Sells Presidential Jet And 60 Mercedes Limousines by nagoma(m): 11:07pm On Jun 01, 2012
When is GEJ going to Asaba? Have they bulldozed the hill ? I hear there is an upward review of the 7.4 Billion Naira hill demolition contract.

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