EDITORIAL COMMENT: ED’s unpleasant jet to China

EDITORIAL COMMENT: ED’s unpleasant jet to China
President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has turned to private, chartered jets for foreign trips ever since he took over the country’s top job following the resignation of his globe-trotting predecessor, Robert Mugabe, in November, this week touched off a storm after hiring a glitzy B767-200 for his trip to China.
He was accompanied by an entourage of Cabinet ministers and their hangers on, as well as the first lady, Auxilia.
The plane, hired from Switzerland-based Comlux Aviation at an estimated cost of $2,5 million, is appropriate for heads of State, royal families, and business leaders and can carry up to 63 passengers on a non-stop, 15-hour flight.  It has a private bedroom with en suite bathroom, office, dining and living room, plus room for entourage and staff, according to media reports.

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