President Emmerson Mnangagwa has claimed that his trips are yielding positive results.
The president has been criticised for his globetrotting behaviour which some quarters of society have likened to that of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa has come under fire particularly for hiring luxurious planes “when the country’s economy is at its knees”.
Addressing the ZANU PF’s Women’s League yesterday, Mnangagwa defended his travels yesterday saying they have unlocked doors for partnership. He said:
The media is busy saying I travel a lot. But look (at) what I bring. On Monday or so, we shall be receiving more medicines from the Arabs. They are giving us for free.
The luxurious jet Mnangagwa has been hiring, the luxury Royal Jet A6-RJX, is believed to cost between US$10 000 and US$30 000 per hour. News Day observes that the president has since July the 6th this year more than seven times. This brings the total expenses to about US$1 million.
Some analysts have argued that the president could save the money and invest in other bleeding sectors.
The opposition MDC which is not amused has called for investigations into the trips. MDC secretary for international relations, Gladys Hlatywayo, said that it boggles the mind to think that it is actually happening considering the state of the economy. She said:
A thorough investigation must be made into these trips, something is just not adding up and there could be more than meets the eye!
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