Dr Scott said there was a direct bidding in compliance with the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) Act.
He said the improvement of water supply, servicing of air conditioners and rehabilitation of the swimming pool were limited to bidding in compliance with the ZPPA Act.
The vice-president said the rehabilitation of Nkwazi Presidential House was awarded to Apollo Enterprises Limited at a cost of more than K642 million, while the improvement of water supply at the same house was awarded to Afe Limited at a cost of K56 million.
REACO Enterprises was servicing air conditioners at Nkwazi House and administration building for K127 million. The replacement of two air conditioners in the dining room at Nkwazi House was done by Morthy Electrical at a cost of K70 million.
Dr Scott told the House that the repair of the swimming pool at the administration building and at Nkwazi House was awarded to Omali Swimming Pools at about K126 million.
He said this in response to a point of order raised by Monze Central Member of Parliament (MP) Jack Mwiimbu (UPND) on March 13, 2012 regarding rehabilitation at State House.
“At Government House, no new works were procured after the September 20, 2011 general elections.
However, the works which were going on at that time were awarded to the contractor Messrs Mercury Lines Limited in November 2009.The works are still in progress. The contract sum was K1, 453 383, 550.00,” he said.
Information, Broadcasting and Labour Minister, Fackson Shamenda told the House that the montage currently used for news from Inside Parliament was produced early this year and that the clip showed pictures of the current MPs, including the Speaker.
He said this in a ministerial statement in response to a point of order raised by Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima on the montage and news from Parliament.
Mr Shamenda, who laid the DVD on the table, said the old footage for the national anthem was still in use but that Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation had embarked on a process of recording a new one.
“To this effect, the corporation has engaged the Press officer at State House and the Zambia Army brass band for a recording,” he said.
Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Minister, John Phiri told the House that transformation of Nkrumah Teachers’ Training College into a university was progressing well and could be completed by September this year.
Dr Phiri said the ministry had produced a road map transforming Nkrumah and that eligible staff would be re-engaged. He said no gratuity would be paid to lecturers who had been handling degree programmes.
[Times of Zambia]