VICE PRESIDENT INONGE WINA SHADES LIGHT ON THE PURCHASING OF PLANES

 

 

Vice President Inonge Wina has revealed that there has been no buying of presidential Jet as perceived in some sections of the Media but that government has purchased aircrafts to help the Zambia air Force carry out their duties.

 

 Ms. Wina says no further information on the purchase of the Aircraft can be published to the public as the matter borders on national security.

 

 Speaking in Parliament today Ms. Wina says it is a constitutional right for the Defence Force to update their equipment with timely technology.

 

 Ms. Wina says no Aircraft has been bought by Government costing 400 million united states dollars, stressing that people should not be reacting to hearsay.

 

 In the meantime the Centre for Trade Policy and Develop (CPTD) has asked government to give a detailed and accurate update on the purchase and acquisition of Zambia Airways planes.

 

 In July, last year, it was reported that Government signed a contract for the purchase of five Russian made super jets to be delivered in the country by early 2018.

 

 Four of the five aircrafts were said to be Sukhio Superjet 100 passenger planes while one was a VIP version for the president.

 

 Last month, minister of transport and communication, Brian Mushimba, announced that three planes to be used by Zambia airways are expected in the country this month.

 

 But in a statement to 5fm news CPTD researcher Bright Chizonde says government should step up efforts in providing timely and consistent information to the public with regards to matters of National Interest.

 

 Mr. Chizonde says this will help cure the growing culture of citizen dependency on foreign media platforms for information on Government’s dealings.