A  Government spokeswoman explained that, the Minister  was still in Zambia on Wednesday as a spare part for the defective plane was due to arrive in Malawi from South Africa, and was supposed to return to Germany from Namibia on Wednesday evening – however, until the replacement component arrives from Johannesburg, he will be stranded.

Penpushing further reports that the spokeswoman said the Minister would probably be able to return on Friday, adding that the mechanics, who would be able to fix the government plane, had already arrived in Malawi.

Penpushing also recalled that, it was not the first time in recent months that the political representatives of Europe’s biggest economy have been beset by aviation issues, while in November, Chancellor Angela Merkel was late to arrive at the G20 summit in Argentina after her plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Cologne due to a technical defect.

Similarly, in October, members of German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s delegation were stranded in Indonesia after rodents gnawed through the cables of a Government plane during the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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