A permanent house should be found for former first lady Christine Kaseba to cut down on costs on the part of Government, says People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti.
Commenting on the revelation that Government spent about K2 246 547million at 8 Reebok Lodge in Kabulonga on Dr. Kaseba, Mr. Mulongoti said the State should have taken a cost effective process by securing permanent accommodation rather than taking her into a hotel or lodge.
“It is too much; the money spent so far in just six months could have built her a mansion to live with her children. Government must show reasonableness in the manner they spend money,
He explained that Government should also in the future consider time limit when somebody should stay in a lodge in order to avoid the embarrassment.
And Mr. Mulongoti said he was of the view that Government should consider building late president Sata’s spouse a house in Lusaka East at a plot bought by Mr Sata.
Meanwhile Government has denied that Dr. Kaseba was evicted from her Kabulonga Reedbuck 8 residence because the rental contract is running up to June 30.
This was heard in Parliament yesterday during the question for oral answer after Mazabuka central UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo wanted to know if the former first lady had been evicted from the premises and under which circumstances if she had been.
Deputy minister in the office of the Vice President Chungu Bwalya in denying the eviction, said the former first lady was entitled to benefits as enshrined in Act 21 of 1998 section 2 of the laws of Zambia.
He said Government was aware that she opted to move out of the transit home despite a signed contract with proprietors of Reedbuck to stay from January 30 to June 30.
Mr Bwalya said that this was not the first time Government had engaged with Reedbuck proprietors to accommodate high profile former leaders because it had done the same with Former President Rupiah Banda as well as former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa.
“Government is aware that she opted to move out of the transit accommodation. The contract between Government and the proprietor of Reedbuck runs from January 30th 2015 to June 30th 2015.Government through cabinet has had other arrangements before like in the case of former President Rupiah Banda and former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa,” he said.
Mr Bwalya also said Government has spent about a total of K2, 246,547 for the former first lady’s food and lodging expenses for the contract period.
He further revealed that Government had decided to build two permanent transit homes for both the incoming and the outgoing Presidents.
Meanwhile Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula told Parliament that it was erroneous on the part of Reedbuck to write a letter of eviction to Dr Kaseba when the contract was between Government and them.
This was after Mr Nkombo had asked a follow up question to find out if the Vice President confirmed and agreed with Information Minister Chishimba who said Government would deal with the proprietors of Reedbuck and would apologize to Dr Kaseba for the embarrassment caused.
Dr Simbyakula said Government was in touch with the former first lady and that they were considering a house left by former World Bank country representative as an option for Dr Kaseba.