40 room Hotel owned by former Energy Minister opens in Lusaka
A NEW hotel has been set up in Lusaka at a cost of K4.5 billion. The 40-room Diamondacres Hotel has been built by former Energy and Water Development minister Kenneth Konga, who said during the launch at the weekend that the facility would add value to Zambia’s economy through the creation of jobs.
The hotel, on Dedan Kemathi Road overlooking the Kafue Road Fly-over Bridge, has created 25 direct jobs.
Mr Konga, who is Chavuma Member of Parliament, said the hotel was going to help the country provide hospitality services to tourists and accommodate business persons from other countries.
He said the aim of building the hotel was to contribute to the creation of jobs for Zambians and to offer good services to the public.
“We spent about K4.5 billion to put up this hotel and so far it has created 25 direct jobs for Zambians and we are hoping we can create 10 more jobs to make it 35.
“People who will be coming to Zambia from different parts of the world are welcome and can lodge with us because this is a top-class hotel with quality services for all,” he said.
He said out of the 40 rooms, 36 were executive, two single and two double rooms while the hotel included other facilities like a conference room, a bar and a restaurant.
Mr Konga called for more investment in the hospitality industry if Zambia was to attract more tourists and business travellers.
In another development, a Livingstone-based catering firm, Calabash has introduced sunset dinners on the banks of Zambezi River around Victoria Falls site to enable tourists and other guests to have dinner while viewing the falls.
The dinners, which would be mounted on plain grounds around Victoria Falls on the banks of Zambezi River, would have fully fledged catering services of international repute inside the falls area.
Speaking during the launch of the first ever sunset dinner at Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Livingstone Tourism Association chairperson Kingsley Lilamono said the innovation would benefit the tourism sector.
Calabash company director Christopher Tett said the National Heritage Conservation Commission had allowed the firm to conduct sunset dinners around Victoria Falls, a heritage site.
Mr Tett, who is also Bushtracks managing director, said sunset dinners were an exciting and incredible project in his 15 years of stay in Zambia.
In December last year police warned and cautioned Mr.Konga over the multi-billion Kwacha hotel.Police at the time also seized 55 sewing machines, 14 boxes containing pieces for tables, 22 boxes containing pieces for stands, eight motor bikes, 80 bicycles and 135 boxes each containing 50 small winding radios.
However,Mr Kongas lawyer Sakwiba Sikota said his client was being questioned over a Hummer vehicle that was bought for him by Parliament.
“It’s sad that police are pursuing him over a vehicle bought by Parliament and it’s up to you to decide whether it is a witch-hunt or not,” he said.
Its not clear when Mr.Konga was cleared of the corruption charges.