Kennedy Sakeni has defended government’s decision to start building President Micheal Sata’s house before his retirement, saying the head of state must not get stranded after retirement.
Reacting to a protest organised by the opposition UPND who were demonstrating against the move at parliament yesterday, Sakeni who is Chief government spokesperson said there was nothing wrong with the decision.
“There is nothing wrong with building a housevfor a sitting president. We are trying to be stratergic and plan ahead while there is still money available. We dont want to wait until he retires and then there is no money to do it like what happened to the others” Sakeni said.
He said what was important was that government was still committed to building houses for the other past presidents.
“The fact is that he will still retire one day and we will still have to build his house. What is important is that government will still build houses for the others,” he said.
The PF government has raised concerns over its decision to build Sata a house ahead of other past presidents that include Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda.