Presidency denies non-payment on Nujoma house

27 May 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) - The Presidency has denied that there is a lack of funds for the construction of former President Sam Nujoma’s house as reported in a local daily on Friday.
According to a report in the Namibian Newspaper, Nujoma’s house that is estimated to cost around N.dollars 20 million, has been abandoned after Government failed to pay the builders because the money meant for that project was diverted by the Presidency to another renovation at State House.
The report says that the house, situated on the outskirts of Windhoek off the road linking the capital city to Hosea Kutako International Airport, was initially being upgraded but was in the end demolished to make way for a new structure.
“Nujoma has been temporarily sheltered at a government house in Windhoek's Eros Park since work on the house began in 2015,” says the report.
But in a media statement from the Presidency on Friday, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, Samuel /Goagoseb said the report contains false information.
He said the Presidency has budgeted enough for Nujoma’s house and the renovation of State House, hence there is no need to divert money from one project to another.
According to the statement, Nujoma is residing at his farm at Etunda while the house is under construction, something committed to by choice and not the result of being forced to do so.
“The start of demolition and construction in any project means occupants need to relocate somewhere else and that there is State accommodation in Windhoek where the Founding Father may stay.”
/Goagoseb said Nujoma visits and stays at his farm regularly and for the media to suggest that he resides there because of the construction is false.
Demolishing the old building and constructing another, he said, was done after recommendations by expert quantity surveyors.
“It is also a well-known fact that delays of projects in construction can be caused by many factors and in the case of this project, any delay that there may be was not because of non-payment.”
The PS said the Presidency has met its financial obligations to the main contractor and that payment certificates and invoices have been submitted.