Minister of Works and Supply Mathew Nkhuwa says government has purchased software that will enable the Ministry compile a comprehensive list of properties and assets in Zambian Missions around the world.
Mr. Nkhuwa says there is urgent need to have a detailed profile of all government properties in foreign missions including motor vehicles and their values.
He directed all missions to compile information on properties to feed into the comprehensive data system.
The Minister of Works and Supply is in the US capital Washington DC on a familiarization tour of government properties and assets.
Mr. Nkhuwa who visited the Embassy Chancery building where works had stalled, expressed shock at the state of the building and called for works to resume immediately.
The Minister who was accompanied by the Charge’ d’ affaires James Chisenga visited the newly renovated Ambassador’s Residence.
He also took an inventory of motor vehicles.
He was told that the fleet comprised cars and vans all of which were five years or older. This had contributed to the high cost of running the fleet both in maintenance costs and insurance.
The Minister directed that the Mission to start the process of replacing all old vehicles with new ones.
This was contained in a press statement issued by First Secretary at the Zambian embassy in Washington DC Patricia Littiya