BLANTYRE (Malawi NewsNow) –Malawian businespserson Simbi Phiri has rejected rumors circulating in the social media that he has donated a $7 million Presidential jet to government.
According to the information circulating social media, Phiri who is executive chairperson ofKhato Civils across Africa bought a Syber jet SJ30 which is an American business jet built by SyberJet Aircraft worth $ 7 million to the Malawi government.
However, through the media statement dated 6 February, 2017 and signed by Taonga Botolo who is a media and Public Relations Officer for Khato Civils in Lilongwe, the rumor aims at defying the decorum of conducting businethen withingn government system.
“We would like to categorically dispel this false construct which only aims at defying the decorum of conducting business within government system.” reads part of the statement.
According to statement, Phiri has never spoken to anyone within or without government of any intention to avail funds for such a purchase.
“Information that is circulating in the social media is total fabrication, malicious, slanderous and deliberately twisted to distract Khato Civils from our core functions notable of which is to pump water from Lake Malawi to the capital city Lilongwe.” added the statement.
The statement further said that the focus of the company is to undertaking the water project to the best of our professional ability, nothing else.
“A consignment of equipment for the project is on the way into the country, a true indication that Khato Civils is preoccupied with this, nothing else.” it disclosed.
Phiri is therefore humbly appealing to fellow countrymen not to drag him into unfounded rumours that emanate from wishes of few citizens.
Some months ago Phiri was also at centre of another hoax story that made rounds on social media dragging him into assertions that he had promised a local football club a 60-seater coach.
‘It is our plea that those who come across any information linking Khato Civils or Mr. Simbi Phiri to any transaction should contact our offices for clarification before re-publishing same information in other fora thereby helping to spread falsehood.” concluded the statement.
In the recent past Simni jas also made several donations worth millions of kwacha in his hime district of Mchinji.