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Lusaka, Zambia – The Zambian government says it has completed the construction of a house for first republic President, Kenneth Kaunda, at a cost of K7.4 billion (US$ 1 = K3,300).

Works and Supply Minister, Kapembwa Simbao, told Parliament here Friday that the house, located near State Lodge in Lusaka, would be officially handed over to Kaunda next month.

He, however, told parliament that second republic President Frederick Chiluba had refused to approve drawings for his proposed house until a preferred plot was found.

According to him, the project has partially stalled as the government is still looking for a suitable piece of land for Chiluba’s house, adding that Chiluba’s preferred land could not be taken up because it belonged to another person.

The minister also disclosed that government had found a piece of land for the construction of President Levy Mwanawasa’s retirement house and that construction work there would begin once President Mwanawasa approves the proposed house plan.
 
Lusaka – 08/08/2008

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