8 December 2012

Zambia: Building Sata's Retirement House Good Idea - Namulambe

MPONGWE Member of Parliament (MP) Gabriel Namulambe says the Government is in order to allocate money towards construction of a retirement house for President Michael Sata.

Mr Namulambe told Parliament yesterday that there was nothing wrong for the Government to commence the project.

The Government, he said, would not have to spend money on rent if a retiring Head of State found his house ready.

He said the Government had a duty to ensure all former Heads of State were well looked after, hence his praise for the Patriotic Front (PF) administration for allocating money to go towards building of Mr Sata's house and those for other former presidents.

. Mr Namulambe

Mr Namulambe was debating estimates of expenditure for the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications whose 2013 allocation stood at K539.81 billion.

"Mr Chairman, I want to live by my truth that I will always support any Government policy which is progressive but I will reject those that are retrogressive.

"There is nothing wrong for Government to start building a presidential house for President Sata and other former Heads of State," he said.

Finance Deputy Minister Miles Sampa recently said the Government had spent K1 billion on rentals for former President Rupiah Banda's residence.

Such developments, Mr Namulambe said, could be avoided if the Government had planned earlier to commence construction of former President's houses.

He said the PF Government was planning in advance to avoid embarrassment of a former Head of State living in a rented house as the case was with Mr Banda.

PF Luposonshi MP Bwalya Chungu also said he was in support of Government's move to start preparing for President Sata's house.

Mr Chungu said the construction of retirement houses would enable former Heads of State to access decent accommodation immediately after leaving the highest office.

Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba told the House that it was not illegal for the Government to start preparing President Sata's retirement house because it was provided for under the law.

And presenting the ministerial policy statement, Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Christopher Yaluma said the Link-Zambia 8000 road project would create not less than 24,000 jobs.

He said three roads per province were identified and submitted by provincial administrations, totalling 37 roads in all 10 provinces.

They would be upgraded to bituminous standard covering about 8, 201 kilometres.

Mr Yaluma said construction of the US$26 million Kazungula Bridge project would start in February 2013 and be completed in 2019 with funding from cooperating partners.

The dilapidated Mulobezi rail line was allocated K1 billion while the Road Transport and Safety Agency would receive K128 billion for operations and K4.8 billion for purchase of traffic lights in Mongu, Solwezi, Mansa and Ndola.

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