Zambia: Government to erect 12,000 housing units

Zambia: Government to erect 12,000 housing units

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By DOREEN NAWA

GOVERNMENT has initiated a housing programme to construct at least 12,000 housing units countrywide.

And Government has urged people participating and willing to invest in the public-private partnership (PPP) projects in Zambia to ensure the local context is given much consideration.

Speaking at a conference dubbed Affordable Housing and Development in Zambia organised by the PPP unit in her ministry in Lusaka yesterday, Finance and National Planning Deputy Minister Chileshe Kapwepwe said housing is an important component of sustainable development.

Ms Kapwepwe said the 12,000 housing units will comprise 6,000 low cost houses, 4,500 medium cost ones and 1,500 high cost houses.

She said alongside housing, complementary infrastructure such as clinics, schools, markets and other relevant facilities will be constructed.

The deputy minister said currently, the housing deficit in the country is over a million units despite having a well defined policy.

Ms Kapwepwe said shelter is a basic human need and a fundamental right and enables the nation to meet the housing goal and is key in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“This is the reason the government has seen it fit to ensure that affordable housing is provided for our people. In order to achieve this more effectively, Government is involving the private sector in infrastructure and service delivery at various levels,” she said.

She said the housing programme is also intended to allow individuals with low income to acquire and own houses.

Ms Kapwepwe said Government is exploring means through which an affordable housing programme can be implemented with the help of financial institutions.

“Government is hopeful that the housing project initial phase will stimulate creativity amongst stakeholders that will make it easier for more housing units to be constructed,” she said.

And Ms Kapwepwe said Government expects PPP investors to use local skills and materials.

She said Government is committed to ensure that suppliers and local contractors get involved in Government projects.

Ms Kapwepwe said Government’s commitment to PPPs does not end with the housing programme but includes projects in various sectors such as roads and many others in which the private sector may wish to invest.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Treasury Likolo Ndalamei said providing affordable housing is part of government’s main objective in the medium and long term of ensuring sustainable socio-economic growth and poverty reduction.

Mr Ndalamei said infrastructure development is a key factor in linking business activities that contribute to economic growth.

He said the existing housing deficit in the country provides an opportunity for private sector investment and growth.

He has since encouraged the private sector to take advantage of the housing deficit and come up with products that will be profitable and at the same time affordable to the general public.

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  2. Bullshit, I’m sure the people are even tired of hearing such pronouncements from the Government. One really wonders how possible it is for them to do what they claim when they have failed to even have TB drugs consistently in the hospitals. Then one scumbag brings such information. The same pricks claim they have money in the reserve bank yet they cannot afford to stalk hospitals and clinics with drugs. Stupid same tricks towards elections. They can fool some people sometimes but they cannot fool all the people all the time.

  3. Not too long ago, the government was sold houses to sitting tenants. The idea which I thought was okay considering that we were still struggling to shake off the communistic cobwebs woven by KK. When MMD took over, it put on a neo- conservative persona to liberalize the market and promote private participation. I thought that was also a good move especially that the previous administration seemed to have a problem seeing Zambians wanting an “egg a day” for themselves, some thing the government wold not do. So essentially, the government was landscaping the market so that indigenous Zambians, the women children and families who were for decades disenfranchised can pull the themselves from the wreckage of the KK economic misphilosophy. I am not trashing the old man here because I think he did not any better. But then again, I want to recognized that that was a wasted era. Zambia literally retrogressed amid abundance of wealth.

    I am afraid that era is about to be repeated. This time it is not going to be because no body know any better but because some people are too stubborn to seek advice. They think what they know is all there is to know.

    I will offer a quick suggestion here. The role of government in real estate market and construction industry in general, is to create building safety standards, housing safety standards, worker safety standards, …and favorable loan interests for developers and construction companies and mortgage rates for home buyers. The modulation of interest rates is the purview of the Bank of Zambia, if I understand our monetary system well. The administration should help individual home buyers with loan guarantees should it be necessary to render assistance.

    What the government MUST NOT do is be involved in the construction of homes. That is the role of the private companies. If homes are not being built fast enough, it is may be because the administration has not figured out how to promote participation in the housing sector. The solution for the government that wants to build the middle class is not to fill in the gap with itself but empowerment.

    As the eastern saying goes: give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; but show him how to fish and you feed for a life time. The administration needs to get back on track to creating an environment in which Zambian dreams can be had and tested. Only then would meaningful development occur, I think.

    • Ba Kapwepwe wesu,please inform yo boss… don’t worry about losing yo job.
      Let the private sector do the building. Richard Sakala did it scandalously.

      • It is the the responsibility of Gov,t to construct housing units, through councils or national housing authority and private sector can only chip in. And Chisha can you stop calling K.K. some names. Your own man Titus Mpundu from Katanga was everything you could describe as criminal. Regards, Moses Lubasi, Nottingham. U.K.

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