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Green Party to rebuild illegal townships

SINKAMBA

YANDE SYAMPEYO, Lusaka
GREEN Party of Zambia (GPZ) president Peter Sinkamba says he will embark on an urban renewal programme, which will involve demolition of illegal settlements countrywide, if elected into office in the January 20, 2015 presidential election.
Mr Sinkamba said his administration will allocate colossal sums of   money to the project, which will involve demolition and construction of new houses in townships such as Chibolya in Lusaka and Mulenga in Kitwe.
He said in an interview yesterday that it is unacceptable that Zambians live in uninhabitable conditions when the country is endowed with natural resources.
“We are going to demolish and build modern houses in shanty townships such Chibolya and Mulenga.
“It is quite disturbing that we have Chibolya, a shanty township, which is about five kilometres away from State House and yet we have a number of service providers who are seemingly non-existent,” Mr Sinkamba said.
He said Zambians should benefit from mineral wealth and enjoy a fair share of the “national cake”.
Meanwhile, Mr Sinkamba said he will reform the Zambia Daily Mail, Times of Zambia, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) and Government Printing Department if elected into office.
He said GPZ will privatise ZNBC Kitwe studios on management ‘buyout’ to employees.
Mr Sinkamba also said GPZ will facilitate equity partnership in the public media to enable the organisations to perform to the expectation of the people.
“Employees that will express interest to hold shares in the ZNBC Kitwe studio will not be required to pay cash; rather the money will be deducted from their pension. The shareholding will depend on the number of years an employee has served. However, every employee will be eligible,” he said.
Mr Sinkamba said Government will facilitate the opening up of more television stations.
“It is unacceptable that after 50 years of independence, we have only two television stations with nationwide coverage, namely ZNBC and MUVI,” Mr Sinkamba said.
He said Times of Zambia will be privatised while the Zambia Daily Mail will be recapitalised.
“As for the Daily Mail, we will ensure we procure printing press in all provincial centres as opposed to having it done in Lusaka and delivering the newspaper on vans. We need to move from this trend as it is backward,” Mr Sinkamba said.
He added that the Government Printing Department will be decentralised.
He said ZANIS will be incorporated into ZNBC and operate as a department, which will broadcast rural news.

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