By GIDEON NYENDWA
AN opposition leader has challenged the ruling party to explain to the nation what was scaring President Hakainde Hichilema from moving into Nkwazi House instead of pretending that the house was dilapidated.
National Democratic Congress (NDC), secretary general, Charles Kabwita has charged that there must be something scaring him (President Hichilema).
He also said that as far as he was concerned Nkwazi house was in a good state and challenged the UPND government to tell the people what was scaring the President to move to there.
Mr Kambwita said it is hypocrisy of the highest order for a political party that barked the loudest when the previous regime proposed the construction of another State House to call Nkwazi House dilapidated.
Mr Kabwita said that calling Nkwazi not fit for President Hakainde Hichilema was not just an insult to the people of Zambia but also the former head of state who was the occupant of that house.
He said that UPND opposed the decision to construct a new State House administration building for the Republican President and staff that was proposed by the ministry of Works and Supply in 2015.
Mr Kabwita said that their arrogance has come to haunt them now that the President feels that NKwazi house was below his standards.
He said that Mr Hichilema was elected by the people of Zambia and in that regard ought to be a servant of the people and the people provided a house for him to be staying in which he was refusing.
Mr Kabwita said that all the other former presidents stayed in that house without any problem and it was the first time a sitting head of state was staying outside the State House for close to a year.
Mr Kabwita said if the delay was really about the house not being in a good state by now the house would have been rehabilitated.
Meanwhile, former Economic Association of Zambia president, Dr. Lubinda Haabazoka posted on his facebook page that he had been to Nkwazi house before there were no broken windows or leaking roofs.
Dr. Lubinda said that he was proud to have been there.
“You actually feel Zambia’s might there,” he said.