IMF questions Mali's purchase of £24m presidential jet

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has questioned the rationale and procedure that led to Mali buying a £24 million presidential jet, given the country's pledges to fight poverty, a spokesman said.

Men transport humanitarian food aid onto pirogues at Mopti, Mali. Credit: REUTERS/Alain Amontchi

The IMF has contacted Malian authorities about the plane purchase as well as a separate £124 million state guarantee loan secured by a private company with a Malian bank, to provide supplies for the army, the spokesman said.

The IMF spokesman added that the process of getting this information will delay the first review of its post-war aid package and, as a result, monetary disbursements will be delayed.