PF admits Lungu buying Presidential plane

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The ruling Patriotic Front has posted the following article on it’s official Facebook page disputing the story that President Lungu has bought himself a plane.

In the story, the PF however admits that a presidential Jet has been bought from Russia but it is not personal as it was reported.


…………. the current Presidential plane was bought in 2001 by FTJ …as a second hand.

The President of the Republic of Zambia H.E Mr Edgar C. Lungu has not bought the much talked about plane for himself.

The fact of the matter is last year the Government of the Republic of Zambia signed a contract for the purchase of five Russian made super jets to be delivered in the country by early this year.

Four of the five aircrafts are Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger planes while one is a VIP, Presidential plane.

The other four planes will be used for the soon to be re-launched state owned Zambia Airways.

President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar said that the country’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company had concluded a contract with Zambian carriers to deliver a total of five Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger planes in 2018.

The contract was signed on an absolutely new market — the African market, we signed a contract with Zambian companies to supply four [SSJ 100] planes plus one aircraft in the VIP version for the head of state.

The delivery of the aircraft to the African continent is to take place early this year.

Slyusar added that four more aircraft could be delivered to the newly created airline of Zambia.

The SSJ100 is a twin-engine plane made by Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company.

It can transport up to 98 passengers and fly distances of up kilometers.

The jet made its maiden flight in May 2008.

Around 2014, the SSJ100 aircraft was fetching around $35.4 million, according to Senior Vice-president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Customers, Igor Sirts

It is not President Lungu’s Jet. This is a presidential jet if procured and it will be used by any employee that the Zambian people employ after the 2021 elections. This kind of reporting is not correct as it portrays that some one was buying for himself. South Africa had a problem with presidential plane to the point that they had to pay huge sums of money to hire private jets for the president. The third world mentality is a catch 22 because even what seems to make sense does not.

And the current the current Presidential plane was bought in 2001 by FTJ …as second hand at $23 million.


3 Responses to PF admits Lungu buying Presidential plane

  1. The government needed donations and outside funds to combat cholera in on city, but buying 5 useless planes makes sense? The 4 commercial planes: you could delude yourself into thinking they will make money when the airline is launched. However, it would make more sense to lease those planes. Isn’t that more cost effective when you have no money and want to see if the venture is profitable. Contracts are easier to cancel (or termination dates decided upfront) than purchasing planes that have a high probability of not being profitable.

    But the presidential plane? In what world does he need a new plane with the country suffering as it is? Ridiculous spending and high debt. No wonder the IMF is refusing to even considering adding money to this stupidity.

    March 12, 2018 at 11:48 pm

  2. So what makes the old plane to be replaced is only because it was second had, and that is justification enough to spend scarce resources on a very expensive plane amid this government imposed poverty, let learn to think responsibly and to act responsibly, thats why you find very expensive Lusambo Bill boards while people around that bill board are suffering. Awe mwe, ni mu Zed

    March 13, 2018 at 11:40 am

  3. He will taste it but never use just as it happened with that late pint size thief chiluba.

    March 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

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