MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe
KITWE City Council (KCC) has started upgrading six of the 21 unplanned settlements around the district and this is aimed at improving service delivery to
The townships earmarked for upgrade are Chipata, Mwaiseni, Kamakonde, Twatasha, Kawama and Kamatipa.
Kitwe has in the last few years witnessed an increase in unplanned settlements, which do not have access to clean water and sanitation.
Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe said the local authority wanted to upgrade the unplanned settlements which have been in existence for a long time and have a huge population.
“We will ensure that people settle in a conducive environment so that they can have access to social services within their townships,” he said.
Mr Kang’ombe said this on Friday during the commissioning of a borehole at Mwambeshi Primary School in Itimpi ward sunk at a cost of K10,000 by Amenshi For Life Organisation (AFLO), under the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Zambia.
He said once the unplanned settlements were upgraded, people would be issued with title deeds as proof of ownership for their pieces of land.
Mr Kang’ombe said the six unplanned settlement to be upgraded would be serviced to ensure that people live in a habitable environment.
And Mr Kang’ombe expressed happiness that AFLO was supplementing Governments’ efforts towards ensuring communities had access to clean water.
Itimpi ward councillor Mpasa Mwaya said the sinking of the borehole at Mwambeshi Primary School by AFLO showed that the church was supportive of Government’s policies of fostering development.
And AFLO representative David Banda said the Church was committed to ensuring that people in communities had access to clean water.