Director of State Residences Douglas Tapfuma confirmed that both Harare and Bulawayo State Houses are being renovated after being neglected by the former First Family since ex-President Robert Mugabe and former First Lady Grace took residency at their leafy Blue Roof mansion.
Tapfuma said Government availed resources for renovations, which have been underway for the past month. He however declined to reveal how much had been used, saying they were more concerned about restoring the houses to their original form and habitability. Said Tapfuma:
That place had been neglected. It’s true walls were falling off. Look, State House was no longer State House when I got there. Things were in a mess that’s what I can tell you. We are not worried about the money. We just want to restore these houses to a state where they are a national pride. These are the houses that show the status of our nation and surely, they should be maintained to those level