By SIMON MUNTEMBA
THE official Presidential House, Nkwazi, is dilapidated and President Hakainde Hichilema will only move in once it is renovated to the standard that is befitting, Vice President Mutale Nalumango has said.
Ms Nalumango, however said there were no resources to rehabilitate the house in State House.
She said this yesterday in Parliament during the Vice President’s question time.
This was after Shiwangàndu Member of Parliament Stephen Kampyongo asked her when the President would move into his official house in State House.
Mr Kampyongo said the people of Zambia were concerned to see the President commuting from his private home to State House everyday which was not only inconveniencing but a risk to his life.
“Zambia has established official residences for the republican President and the vice, which are equipped with the best apparatus to look after the two assets of the state.
“We would want to know what the government is doing to ensure that the President moves into the official residence,” Mr Kampyongo asked.
In response, Ms Nalumango said President Hichilema would only shift from his private Community House in New Kasama to State House once the presidential house was renovated to the standard that is befitting
“Thank you for showing concern. Government still believes that the President needs to be in State House. But as of now, there are no resources to work on that house.
“We need resources for the house to be worked on, so that it reaches the standards that he can occupy it. Once that is done, he will shift,” Ms Nalumango said.