South Sudan parliament approves 1 billion for presidential jet

President Salva Kiir Mayardit (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

August 23rd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan parliament has approved 1 billion pounds for immediate purchase of a jet for President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

This was done during the passing of the 2019/2020 fiscal budget in Juba on Wednesday as proposed by a specialized committee last weeK.

The MPs said the use of private airliners compromise the security of the president as well the sovereignty of the country. The legislatures say the safety of the president on commercial flights in not guaranteed.

“In the interest and protection of the National Sovereignty, the National Legislature allocated 1 billion ssp to the Ministry of Transport for the immediate purchase/lease of the Jet for the President,” Honorable David Nailo said while presenting the budget for the final reading on Wednesday.

The parliament also approved SSP 100 million for the establishment of a National Carrier, the South Sudan Airways.

“The Ministry of Transport is directed to formulate policy and carry out a feasibility study for the establishment of the national carrier, South Sudan Airways, which will be a revenue-generating investment,” Nailo added.

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