Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji has confirmed owning a Bell 430 Helicopter allegedly bought from South Africa.
Mr Malanji says the helicopter was bought using genuinely acquired wealth and not at the exorbitant 8 million dollars price as is being purported on social media.
The Kwacha PF Member of Parliament refused to state the actual cost of the rotorcraft saying it is not a government but a private property.
Mr Malanji has refused to be rated by a salary he draws from parliament saying he is a renowned businessman who came to politics with money.
In an interview with Journalists, Mr Malanji said it is not a crime to own a helicopter and has wondered why people are in the habit of accusing every politician of engaging in dubious activities.
The Bell 430 is an American twin-engine light-medium helicopter built by Bell Helicopter.
It is a stretched and more powerful development of the Bell 230, which, in turn, was based on the earlier Bell 222.