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Row over Senegal’s presidential plane upgrade

The purchase of a new presidential air plane in Senegal has sparked controversy.

The purchase of a new presidential air plane in Senegal has sparked controversy.

Members of the civil society and opposition have demanded for accountability on the purchase of the Airbus A320 Neo, which should be delivered on 16 July.

Government spokesperson Oumar Guèye said the current presidential plane had become obsolete and maintenance costs had gone up.

He said the A319 model was immobile for long periods forcing the government to charter planes for presidential missions.

This he said it was becoming expensive for the government.

The opposition said there was no need to be secretive about the cost of purchasing the plane and the procurement process.

The government is yet to disclose this information to the public.

A group of civil societies, called Nio Lank movement, said the country had other priorities like food and water provision, terming the purchase as unnecessary, Radio France Internationale reports

Source BBC

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