Friday, February 18, 2011

Junta leader Than Shwe gets new home

Friday, 18 February 2011 10:59 Kyaw Kha

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - The Burmese junta leader, Senior General Than Shwe, reportedly will move into a new home-compound this week, joining other generals to take up residence in an ultra high-security neighborhood in Naypyidaw, the capital.

Senior General Than Shwe will move to a
new, ultra-secure compound in Naypyidaw.
(Photo : Mizzima)
Than Shwe is moving from Zeyar Thiri Township to Zabu Thiri Township, according to military sources, who said the general inspected his new home last week. 

Currently, as the new Burmese government is being formed, Than Shwe is holding on to the post of commander in chief of the Defense Services and the leader of the State Peace and Development Council, the group of generals who keep tight reigns on the country’s development and civic life.

He and his family will move into the new home on a 200 x 200 square feet compound located east of Yarzahtarni Road. In addition to his home, there are homes for his staff, a garage, and a ‘hut’ for him to use as a retreat.  An eight-foot  high double fence circles the compound.

His high profile neighbours include No. 2 leader Deputy Commander in Chief of Defense Services Senior General Maung Aye; President Thein Sein; Vice President Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo; the speaker of the Upper House, Thura Shwe Mahn; and former Lieutenant General Tin Aye, the chairman of the Union Election Commission.

The prestigious neighborhood is backed by a mountain and facing it are empty fields. From the homes, Opvatathandi Temple can be seen in the distance. A 20-foot wide path circles the compounds.

Wherever Than Shwe travels in Naypyidaw, he is accompanied by eight vehicles carrying  armed bodyguards.

Vice Senior General Maung Aye, the deupty chief of Defense Services, moved into a new home in the compound on January 18, sources said.

Area residents said that the land on which the homes were built was confiscated from the owners.

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