African presidents are willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that they drive armoured top of the range vehicles, making a statement wherever they cruise through. This is quite understandable, due to the nature of their work and status in the country, their safety is of paramount importance. Yet that doesn’t come cheap, more so when they own several such cars. The tax payers will have to carry that burden. Below are the top 10 most expensive presidential cars in Africa.
1. Fattah Al-Sisi (Egypt)
Mercedes Benz S-Class-(Starts at $516,000)
The President of Egypt, Fattah Al-Sisi is usually spotted in a black armoured Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
2. Paul Kagame (Rwanda)
Range Rover Sentinel-(Starts at $500,000)
The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame often uses a black armoured Range Rover Sentinel, escorted by several other vehicles and police motorcycles.
3. Hage Geingob (Namibia)
Mercedes-Benz S600Ls– (Starts at $324,060 up to $372,460)
The President of Namibia, Hage Geingob, is often driven in an armoured black Mercedes-Benz S600Ls or armoured Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series bearing the presidential seal.
He is escorted by a fleet of armoured Mercedes- Benz S500Ls, 2-3 unmarked Mercedes Benz E500s, Double cab Toyota Hilux 4.0 v6 cars used by the VIPPD and a fleet of police cars.
4. Muhammed VI (Morocco)
Mercedes Pullman 600-Starts at $169,595
The King of Morocco, Muhammed VI, uses his Mercedes 600 Pullman, while in Morocco.
His motorcade, normally comprises of Mercedes-Benz S500, various Lexus models, Range Rover models (when he goes to mountainous places), a BMW 5 Series with a communications jammer, an ambulance and always escorted by police motorcycles.
5. Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya)
Armoured Toyota Land cruiser V8 – Starts at $160,000
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has several official cars, but he prefers to use an armoured Toyota Land-cruiser V8 with the Kenyan coat of arms instead of the license plate.
Occasionally, he may be spotted in an armoured Mercedes Benz Pullman S600 or an armoured Range Rover Vogue though in rare cases.
6. Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria)
Toyota Land-cruiser V8 and Armoured Mercedes Benz S-Class 2016 model – V8 powered starts at $144,00 and V12 S600 starts at $172,000
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, uses a black armoured Mercedes Benz S-Class 2016 model adorned with the Nigerian flag and official party flag.
And in other cases, he may be spotted in an armoured Toyota Land Cruiser or armoured Range Rover. His motorcade comprises of 30 cars and 10 escort motorcycles, along with police cars and 6 Mercedes S-550 of SSS surrounding the president’s car.
7. Yoweri Museveni (Uganda)
Armoured Toyota Land Cruiser 200 – Starts at $132,500
The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, on several occasions uses an armoured Toyota Land Cruiser 200, escorted with double cabin pick-up trucks and Mitsubishi Pajero models. Ceremonial cars for Uganda’s presidency include a stretch 600 SEL Mercedes and a white G Wagon.
8. Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi)
Armoured Mercedes Benz S560 – (Starts $122,750 and $131,400 for the Cabriolet)
The President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera is often seen driven in an armoured Black Mercedes Benz S560, a Toyota Land Cruiser or Range Rover.
Normally in an escort of four Hummer H3 and eight escort motorcycles, along with police cars.
9. Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa)
Armoured BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class – Starts at $83,100 up to $96,400
The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, often uses is an armoured BMW 7 Series and occasionally a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
His motorcade comprises several Golf, Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class models, followed by a number of Mercedes-Benz V-Class and police cars.
10. Pravind Jugnauth (Mauritius)
Armored BMW 740Li – Starts at $83,100) and BMW 750Li – (Starts at $96,000)
On daily basis, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth uses an armoured BMW 740Li, escorted by one BMW 5 Series and five police motorcycles.
On the other hand, the President of the Republic of Mauritius, is often driven in a BMW 750Li or a Mercedes S600, escorted by a BMW 5 Series and at least two police motorcycles.
*Adopted from www.victor-mochere.com