PRESIDENT Lungu meeting a child while touring cholera-affected parts of Lusaka’s Garden township yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

GOVERNMENT will in the next five to 10 years upgrade all the shanty settlements across the country to ensure citizens live in a hygienic and habitable environment.

President Edgar Lungu said the move is meant to ensure the citizenry has access to decent housing, adding that this will subsequently prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

“What we have discovered is that at independence, kwalifye mayikulile [people were constructing houses anyhow] and this is the price we are paying, we have all these shanties.
“Going forward, we will begin planning settlements because as you know, Lusaka is a big shanty, so we have to upgrade these shanties to ensure there is reticulated water and toilets. This is an inherited problem and this is the job we were given by Zambians,” he said.
President Lungu said this yesterday when he led…

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