Friday 31 March 2017

Britain cuts aid to Malawi over $13m jet

Britain, Malawi's main bilateral donor, has cut aid to the southern African nation this year after Malawi bought a $13.26m (€9.7m) presidential jet last year, a senior British diplomat said yesterday.

Malawi's finance minister told parliament recently that the government had made some payments towards the purchase of the jet.

Gwen Hines, head of the Department for International Development in Malawi, said Britain cut its aid to the country by about £3m (€3.2m) as a result. "The ministers were concerned with the purchase of the presidential jet and effects it has on public finances in the country," Mrs Hines said.

Irish Independent

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