Sunday, June 7, 2015

Malawi Government will honor modified K58 billion Arms deal with SA Company Paramount Group

MZUZU, Sunday,
June 7, 2015 (MaraviPost): The Peter Mutharika administration soon after
attaining office let it publicly be known that Government was cancelling K58
billion (US$128.9 million) worth of Malawi Defense Force contracts with South
African military supplier Paramount Group. This was simply a bet and switch
negotiating tactic to gain better terms as contracts legally signed by a
previous government bounded the incoming administration.


It has now
come to light that the contract was a controversial one, as it included the
purchase of very expensive patrol boats. The Paramount Group, Africa’s largest
private defense and aerospace firm signed deals with the Malawian government
for agriculture, fuel and military contracts through a network of investment
firms. However the controversy sprung from the Sale of the Dassault Falcon
900EX Malawi presidential Jet to Bohnox Enterprises, a firm registered in the
British Virgin Islands and linked to Paramount Group.

Reports in
Malawi suggested that since the plane was sold, President Joyce Banda continued
to use it regularly to travel to events around the continent. The trips formed
part of a total of 20 private plane flights she took in just three months at
the end of 2013.
    Malawi Government will honor modified K58 billion Arms deal with SA Company Paramount Group: Malawi Government will honor modified K58 billion Arms deal with SA Company Paramount Group

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