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E250 MILLION SET ASIDE FOR NEW PARLY DESIGNS REPORTED TO KING

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LOBAMBA - The issue of the shocking E250 million set aside for the designs of the new Parliament has been reported to the King.
The building itself is expected to cost about E2.3 billion.


The matter was brought before His Majesty’s attention by Speaker in the House of Assembly, Themba Msibi.
Yesterday, the House was expected to receive a report on the way forward on the project including the construction of a new stadium.


The matter has become a hot potato after MPs raised concerns why there was no money allocated towards the construction of the Parliament building yet the King had clearly pronounced himself on the project during his speech from the Throne last month.


During the debate of the budget, Lobamba Lomdzala MP Marwick Khumalo highlighted that they were informed by the Finance Minister Martin Dlamini that they had not budgeted for it because they had nothing on paper which would indicate figures.
He did reveal though that they had been told by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport that the designs would be E250 million and the E2.3 billion was actually the entire budget for capital projects in the country.


This did not go down well with the MPs who questioned why the mere drawings would cost so much money which was more than what was spent on the construction of the infamous Nkandla, the residence of former South African President Jacob Zuma.  The MPs wondered what happened to the E50 million which had been set aside during the last financial year.

The House was yesterday adjourned for 15 minutes as MP Khumalo said they wanted to table the report on the way forward on the two projects especially because the Speaker had also come back with a report from the country’s authorities.

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