Lungu’s greed is appalling, Sean Tembo
By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) president Sean Tembo says President Edgar Lungu’s greed and glutton is appalling as exhibited by his insistence to purchase a luxurious private jet at a cost of US$68 million.
And Tembo advised President Lungu and his government to take a leaf from the recent visit by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who arrived in the country on a South African Airways commercial flight and not a private jet.
In a press release issued this morning, Tembo prayed that President Lungu and his government would exercise some restraint in their greed and gluttony of public financial resources.
“We are cognizant of the fact that the current Constitution bestows unreasonably unfettered powers on a Republican President to do as he wishes with our money. However, our divine prayer is that President Lungu’s conscience may be reactivated so as to reign in and halt his unbridled appetite to spend public money on self-exaltation activities such as the purchase of unnecessary private jets, luxurious limousines,” he said.
“We further wish to remind the Head of State that world over, the G650 private jet is a preserve of successful businessmen, rockstars, sports icons like Floyd Mayweather etc. President Lungu is the only known Head of State across the world, to purchase this top of the range G650 private jet using the taxpayers’ money of the poor citizens of this Republic. We find such greed and gluttony on the part of Mr. Lungu appalling”.
And Tembo asked President Lungu to introspect and ask himself that if a Royal Prince of the British Monarch like Prince Harry, could be humble and modest enough to utilize a commercial airline on an official trip, then why would he want to spend K750 million on a private jet.
“…… why does President Lungu himself find it necessary to spend $68 million or K750 million of taxpayers’ money to purchase a top of the range Gulfstream G650 private jet at a time that the PF Government has refused to sponsor about 2,650 Copperbelt University students on account of lack of funds?” he asked.
Tembo said poor farmers had not yet been fully paid for the maize that they sold to FRA last farming season, with about K210 million outstanding as at today.
He said the K750 million which President Lungu had spent on his G650 private jet would have been enough to clear all these priority outstanding obligations.
Tembo reminded President Lungu that the fact that the recently purchased K750 million Gulfstream G650 private jet was painted in Zambia Airforce insignia could not disguise the fact that it was his jet.