HONE SIAME, Kitwe
GOVERNMENT intends to upgrade Chibolya and Kanyama townships in Lusaka.
It has through the Ministry of Finance engaged a consultant to carry out the participatory slum upgrading programme in the two townships.
But the exercise is yet to be finalised.
â€œThe deliverable from this study would in turn enable Zambia access financing from the European Union to provide municipal services such as electricity supply, roads and street lights, drainages, solid waste management, play parks and bus stations, water and sanitation to both new and unplanned settlements,â€ secretary to the treasury Fredson Yamba has said.
In a statement he read in Kitwe yesterday, Mr Yamba said the provision of municipal services in upgraded settlements is aimed at promoting human settlements that are healthy, functional and environment-friendly.
Meanwhile, Government is constructing 180 medium cost houses in 17 newly-created districts countrywide at a cost of K73.2 million.
Late President Michael Sata created 26 new districts in a bid to accelerate social and economic development in rural parts of the country.
The Ministry of Finance says in its progress report on infrastructure development that Government is constructing houses in various sectors of the economy across the country.
Mr Yamba said in Luapula Province 20 houses are being constructed in Lunga, 10 each in Chipili, Mwansabombwe and Chembe. Lusakaâ€™s Chilanga, Rufunsa, Chirundu and Shibuyunji are also allocated 10 each, so is Vubwi and Sinda districts in Eastern Province.
Southern Provinceâ€™s Chikankata, Zimba and Pemba have also been allocated 10 houses, Ikelengâ€™i in North-Western Province also 10, another 10 in Mulobezi in Western, Nsama in Northern and Mafinga in Muchinga Province will also receive 10 each.
â€œWith the creation of the new districts, Government commenced the construction of 180 houses in 17 selected new districts while 68 low cost housing units out of 120 initiated during the Fifth National Development Plan period were completed,â€ Mr Yamba says.
Government has also re-affirmed its commitment towards the provision of housing and creation of an enabling environment for provision of affordable, quality and adequate housing to the majority Zambians, through the encouragement of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in housing development and construction of ancillary infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Government is also undertaking various other developmental projects in Vubwi and Sinda districts that include construction of district commissionersâ€™ houses at a cost of K1 million and construction of office blocks at a cost K2.6 million.
HONE SIAME, Kitwe