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How Kabwata has evolved

KABWATA Cultural Village.

BENEDICT TEMBO, Lusaka
WHAT is today the cultural village in Lusaka’s Kabwata is a stark reminder of the kind of housing that existed for Africans in the early years of colonialism.
The one-room grass-thatched rondavels housed government workers such as office orderlies, messengers and cooks.
The rondavels, built in the 1930s, stretched from the now Kabwata Estates (then Old Kabwata) to the Kamwala shops on either side of Chilimbulu Road.
There are other two-bedroom housing units known as Balovale near the rail line opposite Kamwala State Prison, while a compound called Ridgeway stretched from the Kamwala Defence Services Command College up to the traffic lights around Total filling station.
Both the rondavels and the two-bedroom ‘Balovale’ houses in old Kamwala which had toilets and shower facilities outside were built by the British colonial government.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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