The Finance and Economic Planning Committee of the National Legislative Assembly has proposed that South Sudan should buy a presidential jet to be used by the President, the vice-presidents and senior members of the executive.

Currently, South Sudan charters planes from Kenya Airways and Rwanda Air for use by the president. The cost to South Sudanese tax payers is not publicly known but the National Courier understands it runs from hundreds of thousands to over two million dollars depending on the distance per trip.

South Sudan spends millions of dollars on travel costs for government officials a year. Members of the committee said purchasing a jet would curb travel expenditure from the office of the President.

The committee added that purchasing a plane would also ensure the “security of the president” is not compromised.

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