President Museveni alights from the presidential Gulfstream 5
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State House has refuted ongoing reports that it is in the process of procuring a new jet for President Museveni.

Speaking on to the EagleOnline this morning, State House comptroller Ms Lucy Nakyobe said there is no way they can buy a jet for the President without Parliament’s approval.

She also noted that the current jet is still in good shape and can fly to any far destinations. “We are not  planning to buy any jet, it can fly to far places like Japan and Australia without making any stopover, we are not going to buy a new jet for the president,” Ms Nakyobe said on phone.

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Earlier reports had indicated that the government intends to sell the current presidential jet, a Gulf stream 5, and top up the proceeds and acquire a new Gulf stream 6.

In 2009 government acquired the Gulf-stream 5 at a cost of Shs88 billion, sparking off harsh reactions from the opposition legislators.