The opposition NDC says it feels vindicated over its revelations that President Edgar Lungu is constructing a mansion in Swaziland.
The party said this follows Information Minister Dora Siliya’s confirmation that the Swazi King Mswati has given President Lungu land on which to construct his retirement home in the southern African kingdom.
Ms. Siliya confirmed that President Edgar Lungu owns land in Swaziland which was given to him by his counterpart King Mswati.
During a press briefing at her office on Monday, Ms. Siliya who is also Chief Government Spokesperson said it was normal for a President to own land in a foreign country.
“These are normal practices when the President travels, that various gifts are given in various forms. In this case it was land that was given to the President. This land was processed and given to the President in title. So there is nothing sinister about that because I do know now that people like to create stories even when there are no stories,” said Ms. Siliya.
“The President was given this gift in Swaziland and it was processed for him. I think the others, like my dear friend Amos [Chanda] was also given but he didn’t process it, but for the President, by virtue of his status in Swaziland, it was given to him even on title deed.”
The NDC says Ms. Siliya’s admission has vindicated its expose of the Swazi mansion under construction.
“A few days ago we published architectural diagrams of a mansion that President Edgar Lungu is constructing in Swaziland. Many people were skeptical of our info, but we knew it was true, we verified the information before we released it,” a statement from the NDC read.
“Today Information Minister Dora Siliya has come out and has confirmed that indeed President Edgar Lungu and his Press aide Amos Chanda own plots and are building houses in Swaziland. President Lungu’s Plot number is Lot 225 Nkonyeni Golf Estate. Dora was trying to justify it by claiming that these plots in a luxurious estate in Swaziland were given as gifts to President Lungu and Amos Chanda.”
The NDC said, “These are multi-million dollar properties that don’t come for free. If we as NDC did not expose these hidden properties abroad they would never have declared them and Zambians would never have known that they owned these properties. NDC has been vindicated.”