State House has clarified that First lady Esther Lungu will be travelling to the United States of America to receive four fire trucks that were donated to the Esther Lungu Trust and not to the government.
Presidential Spokesperson Amos Chanda said in an interview with Hot FM that the fire trucks will be subsequently handed over to government as the Esther Lungu Foundation has no use for them.
Mr. Chanda explained that Mrs. Lungu’s trip to USA will be partially sponsored by the donors and government will foot part of the travel expenses.
He said government officials on her delegation have been tasked to assess if the trucks are in conformity with Zambian standards.
Mr Chanda explained that officials in Mrs Lungu’s 25-member delegation to the United States are going to assess if the trucks conform to Zambian standards.
He maintained that the trip was partially sponsored by the people who donated the four fire trucks to the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust.
Mr. Chanda stressed that government would only foot part of the travel expenses.
Last week, News Diggers revealed that First Lady Esther would this week lead a 25-member delegation on a two weeks visit to the United States of America where they are all going to receive four fire trucks.
According to records obtained from State House, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs processed American Visas for 25 travellers, among them a bedroom attendant, cook, cleaner, waiter, about seven police officers, four journalists, three secretaries, two fire brigade officers, a communications officer and accountant.