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Did Uhuru’s office pay over KSh 13 million for private jet in Joho, Junet’s Dubai trip?

A report aired on NTV on Thursday night, July 9 alleged that Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed’s trip to Dubai was paid for from confidential budget at the Office of the President.

The chartered plane which the two leaders flew in, is owned by Constellation Aviation Services based in the United Arab Emirates and charges about KSh 1.3 million an hour.

READ ALSO: Junet Mohamed, Hassan Joho fly to Dubai to visit ailing Raila Odinga

This means for a five hour trip that they have already made to Dubai, the politicians spent over KSh 6.5 million shillings.

Further, learnt from the report that chartered flights are hired for a round trip, meaning the same plane will fly back the politicians to the country, bringing the total sum of expenses to over KSh 13 million.

It has also emerged despite travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the plane landed in Kenya via JKIA on Wednesday, July 8, at around 11:23 am from Lusaka, Zambia.

It is also not clear how the leaders were allowed to leave the country yet international flights have not yet resumed.

The 10-year-old plane which can carry up to 19 passengers is equipped with a VIP dinning, lounge area, private office and a VIP bedroom among other luxurious amenities.

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Joho and Junet left the country for Dubai to visit ODM leader Raila Odinga who is recuperating in Dubai after undergoing surgery to treat a nerve disorder that had affected one of his legs.

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