By Confidente Reporter
GOVERNMENT spent about N$27 million of taxpayers’ money on the renovation of the old State House in Windhoek’s central business district, Confidente has learnt.
The premises were once used as offices for the Prime Minister but with the N$1 billion reserved for new offices of the premier, it will be decided upon completion what activities will be run from the former State House.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Willem Goeieman Tuesday told Confidente that an architect and contractor have already been appointed and are overseeing the project.
“I’m told that between N$22 and N$27 million was used on that project. We already appointed a principal agent meaning architect and the contractor. The Office of the Prime Minister will decide after its completion what activities will be run from there,” Goeieman said.
Although Confidente could not independently establish what areas are under renovations, it is reported that all projects in the Presidency will expand residential space and beef up security.
A local daily late last year reported that about three years ago, President Hage Geingob spearheaded substantial renovations of the old State House office block when he was re-appointed as Prime Minister. Those renovations allegedly cost more than N$100 million, according to sources in the Prime Minister’s Office. It was reported that the changes included tiles, paint, furniture and security upgrades. People involved in the renovations at the time said the changes were nice to have rather than necessary.
The daily also reported that this time around the Presidency will once again splash millions into fixing what’s not broken at the new State House in Windhoek’s Auasblick suburb. According to the daily, the renovations are being done just nine months after refurbishments were done before the President moved in. The daily also reported that President Hage Geingob is apparently closely monitoring the renovations to ensure the changes are to his taste. Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi was quoted as saying that the renovations were necessary.
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