State House, Defense Ministry Not Paying NHCC Rent

Uganda’s Prime Minister, buy Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was among five presidents, viagra dosage many former presidents and several other leaders and foreign delegations in Lusaka, Zambia to attend the state funeral and burial of the late Zambian President, Michael Chilufya Sata on Tuesday.

Dr Rugunda, who represented President Museveni, was received at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by the Zambian Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Christopher Mulenga, the Zambian High Commissioner to Uganda resident in Tanzania, Judith Kapijimpanga and other Zambian and Ugandan officials.

Thousands of mourners, including Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhamad Nsereko, braved the late morning and afternoon scotching sun to attend the Requiem Mass in honour of the fallen leader at the National Heroes’ Stadium, Lusaka.

Dr Rugunda attended the Mass along with Presidents Uhuru Kenyata (Kenya), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Armando Gwebuza (Mozambique), Hifikepunye Pohamba (Namibia), and Hery Rajaonarimampianina (Madagascar), and African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Zuma. Kenneth Kaunda, the first Zambian president and the fourth, Rupiah Banda also attended.

Prime Minister Rugunda is led from the VIP Lounge at the National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka to the tent to attend the funeral service of the late Zambian leader, Michael Sata on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 (Photo by PMPU)

Prime Minister Rugunda is led from the VIP Lounge at the National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka to the tent to attend the funeral service of the late Zambian leader, Michael Sata on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 (Photo by PMPU)

The Queen of England, Zambia’s former colonial power, was represented by a delegation while other delegations came from China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, membership of the South African Development Cooperation and the East African Community, among others.

President Mugabe who spoke on behalf of the Heads of State, said: “Though he has departed from this earthly realm there is a palpable sense of greatness which shall live forever,” attracting deafening applause from the stadium stands.

He said the most befitting tribute to the fallen leader was to continue his illustrious work that includes implementing hydropower projects and other ventures that were jointly undertaken by the SADC countries.

Zambia’s acting President Dr Guy Scott appealed for oneness, pledging to have a new president within 80 days. According to the Zambian Constitution, presidential elections must be organised within 90 days of Sata’s death, and Scott is ineligible to contest because of his parentage.

“He was a man of action and visionary leader of the poor,” said Mulenga Sata, mayor of Lusaka and son of the fallen hero, while reciting the deceased’s history and socio-political contributions to his country.

Mourners bidding farewell to President Sata

Mourners bidding farewell to President Sata

“When faced with death we cannot simulate courage but we will pray and completely be obedient to God,” said the Archbishop of Zambia and Bishop of Lusaka, Telesphore Mpundu who presided over the service assisted by several prelates.

The Apostolic Nuncio, Julio Murat delivered Pope Francis’ condolence message to the bereaved family and the people of Zambia, in which the Pope expressed his sympathy and said it was the will of God.

The bereaved First Lady, Dr Christine Kaseba Sata gave a solemn moving tribute that was read on her behalf, describing her late husband as a “fallen hero, larger than life and a fulcrum of a long loving journey in which (the couple) led a life full of laughter.”

Edgar Lungu, the defence minister and Secretary General of the Patriotic Front (PF), a major political party in Zambia, said the death of President Sata robbed the world of a gallant, patriotic and visionary leader.

Soldiers carrying the casket containing Sata's body

Soldiers carrying the casket containing Sata’s body (Photos: Q FM)

He said the PF was saddened that Sata who formed it in 2001 had died at the time his vision for development and programmes to fight poverty were beginning to bear fruits. Before breaking down, an emotional Lungu called on the nation to carry on with Sata’s spirit of love, unity and tolerance beyond the mourning period.

The 77-year-old Sata, the 5th President of Zambia, died on Tuesday, October 28 night at King Edward VII Hospital in Central London. He became the second seating head of state to die in office after Levy Mwanawasa, who died in August 2008.

Sata was survived by his wife, nine children and five grandchildren. A social democrat in his hey days, he was a minister during the 1990s as part of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy government, before forming the PF.

As an opposition leader, he emerged as the leading opposition presidential contender and rival to President Levy Mwanawasa in the 2006 presidential elections, but was defeated.

Following Mwanawasa’s death, he ran again and lost to President Rupiah Banda in 2008. After ten years in opposition, he defeated the incumbent Banda in the September 2011 presidential elections.

It was the end of an era as Sata’s body was laid to rest at the Embassy Park Presidential Burial Site within Lusaka city, with a 21-gun salute from canons, and a fly past formation of five fighter planes in honour of the fallen commander-in-chief of the armed forces
The most powerful office in the land – State House and Ministry of Defense are allegedly the “most stubborn” tenants who are not paying rent for the land they are occupying owned by the National Housing and Construction Company Limited (NHCC).

The development came to light on Tuesday when Members of Parliament on the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) were grilling the NHCC officials led by their managing Director Henry Magino for allowing State House and the Ministry of Defense to “occupy their land under unknown circumstances and refusing to pay rent.”

The committee chaired by a fiery opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda revealed that State House took over National Housing land along Kyaggwe road without any agreement with the National Housing contrary to policies governing the housing body and its properties.

“It is illegal for State House to get to a land belonging to National Housing without first seeking for an agreement with NHCC. National Housing should explain to us why and how it all happened, decease ” charged Ssemujju.

After grilling State House officials, information pills the charged legislators turned to the Ministry of Defense which they ordered off the 16-acre NHCC property in Mbuya.

MPs also tasked NHCC to explain why it forces others to leave their land and use kid`s gloves on State House and the Ministry Of Defense.

National Housing officials agreed with the committee findings that State House is a stubborn tenant refusing to pay rent worth Shs65m per month.

They said National Housing is planning to value all its land with the ministry of Defense countrywide with the view of selling it to government to end the longstanding dispute.


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