Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education, Jappie Mhango said this in a press statement describing Viola's claims as unfounded.
During the program, Viola is also quoted as saying most of the appointments at State House are done by Presidential aides and advisors.
He pointed out the appointment of Fredrick Ndala and Timpunza Mwansambo, saying the two were fired because Mutharika only endorsed their appointments.
But reacting to the Jet purchase claims, Mhango who also doubles as government spokesperson said the leadership has never sat down to discuss that.
“Neither the State President nor any Ministry or any government agencies have these alleged plans to procure any presidential jet now or in future.
“The State President’s commitment in exercising financial prudence and cutting down on unnecessary expenditure remains as ever before,” reads the statement in part.
On appointments Mhango said all appointments follow the normal process as per government`s requirement.
He added: “Malawi Government wishes to inform all Malawians that it is the State President that makes appointments through a process that involves submission of at least three proposed names to a position complete with Curriculum Vitae (CVs) by the Chief Secretary from which His Excellency makes the appointments after thorough scrutiny of the individuals.”
Viola replaced Mwansambo at State House who was redeployed for drawing two salaries from State House and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).