The ever crafty but easily exposed Democratic Progressive party (DPP) is at it again. Barely a month after the loose mouthed State Press Secretary Gerald Violla revealed that the DPP was in the process of acquiring a Presidential jet, news has it that President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika lost valuable luggage when on a commercial trip to Malta.
“Who took those pictures? Who shared them and to who? For what purpose and how has the motive worked?” asked a social commentator in Blantyre, Simon Mpanda.
He added:”The Malawi leader continued headlines on the social media is not just for free. The DPP and its machinery knows what it is up to, Just wait and see, This is very case of Escom where we see black out outwitting hours of getting lights.
“This is a deliberate move that people should be angry with Escom and say that it should be sold yet it is already on the lands of the DPP. You wait and see events unfolding.”
Mutharika appetite for presidential jet
In the recent case, which should otherwise be an embarrassment, it is being revealed that presidential luggage containing confidential information went missing en-route to the meeting. And this comes barely a day after a picture showing Mutharika being branded as stranded at the airport went viral on the social media.
The picture attracted mixed reaction from various commentators with many critical thinkers coming in the open saying its part of State House Public Relations, which if it were in serious offices someone could have been fired.
“How do you embarrass the Head of State in such a way? Why would President’s picture just go viral? Why would a President luggage miss? This is all gimmick and people should not take them serious as they are there just to lay around with peoples minds,” said Moses Chanza.
Malawians are meant to believe that President Mutharika spent 27-hours to travel from Malawi to Malta and it is reported that some of his luggage did not arrive with him as it was still stuck in Johannesburg and only arrived in Malta on Wednesday evening.
The reports suggest that some of the bags left in South Africa contained confidential information and clothing to be used during his three-country trips which started in Malta this week, which a security analyst has faulted the presidents security details.
“How safe is Malawi if presidential secret documents are left loose just like that? Are documents something that had to be put elsewhere and not be art of the luggage that one carries along with on his la?
“Someone is laying dirty games and this must stop. Never scare people in such a way. Are we safe in this case?” said a former Malawi Army solider in Blantyre.
Chief adviser to the President on economic affairs Collins Magalasi is quoted in the press that it is true that some of Mutharika’s luggage did not arrive until Wednesday evening.
“On commercial flights, there is only so much hand luggage the aides can carry and some of it is checked in,’’ Magalasi is quoted as saying.
Afriem understands that President Mutharika’s itinerary was from Lilongwe to Johannesburg where he had a layover of a few hours, then to Dubai before he connected to Malta from Rome International Airport.
It was at Rome International Airport where Mutharika arrived with his delegation from Dubai around 8am on a United Arab Emirates flight that it was discovered that his luggage was still in Johannesburg.
It is said that when Mutharika left the VIP lounge to board before the rest of the passengers, Air Malta officials had not finished entering luggage tag numbers into the system, s such he had to wait in line with his aides and aid-de-camp and First Lady as the problem was sorted out.
People say that President Mutharika who abandoned Chartered Jet after receiving heavy criticisms from all corners over his trip to the United National General Assembly which say money amounting to MK300 million being blown off as he also took along with him over 100 delegates is not amused to be using any other means other than chartered plane.