The ruling Patriotic Front has refuted reports that the trip for musicians and party officials to New York, USA was sponsored by government saying the reports are not true.
PF Media Committee and Publicity Vice Chairman Sunday Chanda has told QFM News via telephone that such reports are misleading clarifying that the trip was sponsored by the party.
Mr. Chanda has explained that the musicians’ air tickets, accommodation and other logistical arrangements were not on the state budget but on the party program.
Mr. Chanda believes that there were compelling reasons to the mode of travel for the Head of State to New York for UN General Assembly and arrived at by Cabinet Office.
He has furthermore explains that as a matter of fact, musicians to the Dinner where in USA days before President Lungu and his entourage could arrive and there costs in full where covered by friends of the party and PF-USA team.
And Mr. Chanda says there are other Heads of State who are attending the United Nations (UN) and whose countries have equally been hit by energy challenges and weakening currencies.