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Itezhi Tezhi: Where ‘Chimtengo Chopusa’ lived

ONE of the private pre-schools in Itezhi Tezhi township in Mumbwa. Picture right, Gladys Shapole (left) and Alice Sheleni are among the senior citizens who have lived in the area since 1980. PICTURES: SIMEON MBEWE

BENEDICT TEMBO, Mumbwa
ANYTHING goes in Itezhi Tezhi, one of the biggest unplanned settlements south-west of Mumbwa district.
Popularly known as Chimuzi, Itezhi Tezhi Township is probably Mumbwa’s modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah.
There are a number of illicit activities in this cosmopolitan township such as beer brewing, prostitution, drug abuse and violent behaviour by youths. It is also a haven for thieves.
Itezhi Tezhi accommodates people from various regions of the country, and although it lies on the fringes of the central business district, it is largely undeveloped.
It started with few people, mostly Luvales, who built their houses close to the ‘Boma’ but they were chased away by whites and settled in the area called ‘Ntambulai’, which in Kaonde means ‘welcome’.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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