Foreign aid MADNESS: Mozambique president splashes £7MILLION on private jet

Posted on Dec 11 2017 - 10:44am by admin

Mozambique’s head of state Filipe Nyusi, 58, has already taken to the skies in the executive aircraft to attend the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s new president last month. 

The revelation sparked fresh calls to scrap Britain’s “crazy” foreign aid policy.

Last year Britain sent £13.4billion overseas under the Government’s controversial target of spending 0.7 per cent of national income. 

Mozambique – where two-thirds of the population earn less than £1 a day – has been handed £1 billion by Britain over the past decade. 

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Last year the UK suspended foreign aid to the southern African nation following a £1.5billion secret-loan scandal. 

Despite the ban Mozambique has pocketed £55million of taxpayers’ cash as the Department for International Development (DFID) still pours millions into NGO projects there. 

Critics said the windfall helps free up funds for high-ranking officials to lavish on extravagant projects.

Alex Wild, research director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s no coincidence that the world’s poorest countries are the world’s most corrupt countries. The government always tells taxpayers that their money is being spent well, but the reality is that it’s very difficult to account for the billions that pour into the recipient countries. 

“Until the government rethinks it’s crazy policy to spend 0.7per cent of national income on aid we’ll continue to see waste.” 

Anti-corruption campaigners revealed Mozambique’s luxurious private jet was bought last month for $ 9.2 million with a loan from the stateowned BNI bank, which is said to be closely linked with the finance ministry. 

The 14-seater Bombardier Challenger 850 is identical to the aircraft pop superstar Beyonce bought for her rapper husband Jay Z last year. Passengers enjoy a plush carpeted cabin with leather seats and it is said to include a “generous food and drink preparation area”. 

The respected economic and political website Africa Confidential said: “Commentators were amazed at the insensitivity and extravagance of the acquisition in view of the country’s deep economic crisis.” 

The ten-year-old plane is owned by Mozambique’s state owned airline, LAM. 

The firm denied it was for the president’s exclusive use. 

But Mozambique analyst Nigel Morgan, of Rhula Intelligent Solutions risk management specialists, said: “This sends out completely the wrong message to the world. LAM is in a terrible financial state, so the idea of it venturing into the executive jet market is very unlikely. One also has to ask where on earth the money is coming from.’”

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