DPM moves into E3m house
MBABANE – The Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Themba Masuku has left his government allocated house to occupy a house he recently acquired for E3 million.
Masuku’s new house is in the suburb of Thembelihle in the capital city. He said he spent over E3 million on his new acquisition and would soon declare it to government.
In an interview Masuku said he raised the money to purchase his new home from selling a portion of his farm in Malkerns.
The DPM has welcomed any investigation regarding his new property, stating that he had tried acquiring land before but failed.
Masuku is among the six Cabinet members, including the Prime Minister, who attempted to acquire prime land in Mbabane at a discounted price. The land was returned to government after an outcry over the procedures and legislation followed.
Masuku has another homestead at Lawuba in the outskirts of Hlatikhulu in the Shiselweni region.
Even though Masuku and his family have moved in, final renovations on the double-storey house are still being done by contractors.
When a team from this publication visited Masuku’s new home, he was found moving furniture from the garage into the main house.
The house has five bedrooms, a servant’s quarters and double garage.
One of his neighbours is Khabonina Mabuza, the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Finance.
"I moved in a week ago. I bought the property and then developed it in preparation for next year, when we leave office. I felt that since I had furniture and other items, I should have a structure where I will keep my belongings when my term of office ends," he said.
The DPM, borrowing from an age-old adage, said it was always the best of decisions to prepare hay while the sun still shone.
"It’s good to plan ahead. When I was staying in the government house I used my own furniture. I have moved out with that furniture, leaving the government house empty. I do not have any idea though of what government plans to do with the house, now that I have vacated," he said.
Masuku said the government house was a problem to maintain because government did not have enough funds, following the economic meltdown.
"It will be easy to maintain something that is mine," he said. He said what pleased him most was that he acquired his new property at Thembelihle through a clean deal.
"I had attempted acquiring land in Mbabane before but could not succeed because of some problems. Actually, I am going to update my declarations to include the new house," he added.
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