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K1Billion Spent On RB’s House Rentals

Government has spent about K1 billion on rentals for former Republican President Rupiah Banda’s residence, Finance Deputy Minister Miles Sampa has said.

Mr Sampa said Government had spent K1 billion on Mr Banda’s house rentals and would further spend K1.4 billion to construct his house from the 2013 national Budget.

Former president Rupiah Banda breaks down during his farewell speech

He said it was therefore illogical for UPND cadres to petition Government’s decision to allocate K1.4 billion for the construction of President Michael Sata’s retirement house.

The deputy minister explained that Government had allocated money for the construction of houses for Mr Banda, late Frederick Chiluba’s widow and that of late President Levy Mwanawasa.

Mr Sampa was speaking in Lusaka yesterday during the MTN Zambia Media Breakfast.

“In the case of President Sata, if the house finishes while he is still in State House, it will remain in Government’s hands and the Head of State will have to wait until he leaves office.

“We don’t want to see a situation like what happened in the past when former Heads of State were made to stay in rented houses,” he said.

He noted that if the former MMD administration had built a retirement house for Mr Banda in advance, Government would not have spent K 1billion on rentals.

Recently, UPND cadres petitioned Parliament on Government’s decision to allocate money towards construction of Mr Sata’s house.

Meanwhile, Mr Sampa said Government had lost about US$2 billion (K10 trillion) in the recent years in form of tax avoidance by some mining firms.

The Government would implement stringent measures to curb the vice next year.

He said Government would act ‘smarter’ to ensure funds were put to intended developmental use.

Mr Sampa said Government had introduced incentives in the 2013 Budget to facilitate growth of Small and Medium Entreprises (SMEs).

On MTN Zambia, Mr Sampa hailed the telecommunication service provider for being one of Government’s reliable partners in development.

Earlier, MTN Zambia chief marketing officer Philip Besiimire said the firm would hit about 3.5 million customers this year.

Next year, he said, MTN would continue with network roll out.

Mr Besiimire said MTN Zambia would continue with empowerment programmes such as media awards, support AFCON 2013 in South Africa and sponsor Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Lremier League.

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21 Responses to K1Billion Spent On RB’s House Rentals

  1. Mo taim

    November 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Bebe mune sampa.

  2. Nicola

    November 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    UPND are fools and they are just wasting their time.

  3. Barotse diaspora

    November 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Big brains, Good thinking PF govt.lovely idea i like that.mmd/upnd shame with your foolish dirty mouth.viva sata

  4. akalaso

    November 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    look at the thinking of Miles !!!!
    PROGRESSIVELY.
    bushe greedness yaba tonga yabwanji ???

  5. giant

    November 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    @Akalaso kakulye

    Mwana wa mbuzi, iwe, why concentrate on mmd and upnd, close your smelling mounth Kalaso

  6. Kaesha

    November 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I do not have words for such progressive thinking. Its just purely wise. Think of how much tax payers dough could have been saved if this thought was there fifteen years ago. Bravo Miles!

  7. FETUS IN FETU

    November 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Brilliant idea Miles Sampa & the PF govt you have planned well to reduce on missuse of funds on the rentals. If the house is completed before the President completes his term then there’ll be no rentals. Keep it up PF guys.

  8. True bantustans:

    November 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    idyot sampa you bemba maggot swain chikala cha wiso, fak you and all the bembas.chao

  9. jdollar

    November 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    my man be strong in the lord.

  10. Liveni

    November 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Why must he live in a rented house does’nt he have his own house kanshi K1 billion yonse iyo ala. baninenu ifinyo

  11. sinyangwe

    November 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Think before you throgh rabish comment of your’s you foolishness people. Bravo pf keep it up we wan’t tangeble & meanfuly development.

  12. MASTER CHOTA

    November 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    If Rupia uses gvment money to pay his lent, then who pays Mrs Chiluba & Mrs Mwanawasa’s? B/coz if these two lives in there own houses then its not faire.

  13. T

    November 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Well thot plan of building the presidents house while hs still in power than waste moni on expensive houses rented for em afta thy leave office. On ths one i support u ba pf. Lik sata wud say….. it,s only some pritimite pipo who wudnt see sense out of everythin..

  14. sankata

    November 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Abantu aba bomfya internet i think bantu aba sambilila.cilampesha sana amano ukumona ama coments ya nsele it doesn’t make any sense.change starts with me.CAN WE CHANGE?

  15. real tonga

    November 27, 2012 at 2:02 am

    i think its not a good idea insulting in public like this.ba tumfweko,pliz find ways to trace these guys who insulting instead of commenting.its really not good.

  16. Timveleko

    November 27, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Petition what, avoidable expenses? PF mwalasa. Such is the reason i voted, for progressive ideas that better and serves the Zambian right.

  17. Big Brother

    November 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Ba tumfweko you have a duty to regulate un called for comments. Surely this Miles Sampa is working very hard and is informing us about his intentions and the governments for that matter, surely should some one just be allowed to insult like that in public media. Social network etiquette starts with with you Editors of Ba Tumfweko …this is not freedom of speech..with great power as this new powerful media like this comes great responsibility.

    Stay Blessed

  18. comedy of eras

    November 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    This is bull shit,its a responsibility of the government in power to build or rent a house for a former head of state,So what is your complaint all about ba mumbwe iwe sampa.

  19. kalunga

    November 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    personally i find it illogical to have such a clause in our constitution of building the ex presidents houses upon leaving officee. As a concerned citizen i would suggest they use the money in constructing houses for the needy the people who have little or no accomodation or the councils for them to rent them o the people of zambia .1billion is a lot of money o be spent on a single person considering our per capita income. lets save tax payers money and look at the peole in need .

  20. longwa

    November 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    avoid insults please.this rb got a lot of houses after camco along kafwe road,let him use one then get 10million,bring the body of that boy home from czeck.a good gvt is caring.let za yelo change his stance.

  21. Moses

    January 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    In Jesus name people please refrain from insults just express your opinion without insults God bless you.