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GOVT’S 5,000 HOUSES PROJECT ELATES HABITAT

THE Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat Zambia (CFHHZ) is elated by the Government’s pronouncement to construct 5,000 housing units for the civil servants across the country.
Civic Forum executive director Grace Mtonga, however, said the initiative should also consider housing for the poor.
Ms Mtonga said the Government should deliver decent, adequate and affordable housing for everyone in order to avoid problems such as the cholera outbreak the county was experiencing, especially in the densely-populated settlements.
She said building new houses should spread to carter for the vulnerable and marginalised people who were most affected, and in dire need of decent and affordable accommodation.
Ms Mtonga said building new housing units should be inclusive to align with the Seventh National Development plan (7NDP) that sought not to leave anyone behind.
She said continued construction of houses would contribute to addressing the estimated housing deficit of 3.3 million by the year 2030 Zambia was likely to face.
She said the current poor housing that characterised majority of informal settlements round the country was a manifestation of a failed housing market and delivery mechanism.
Ms Mtonga said housing in Zambia was mainly delivered by the private sector who focused more on the higher ends of the market, where low-cost houses were fetching around K400, 000 for outright purchase, a price she said was beyond affordability of the major Zambian.
She said Zambia, like many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, was experiencing rapid urbanization and population growth estimated at around four per cent and three per cent per annum ,respectively ,a situation she said had led to increase in demand for housing and related services.
Last week, Minister of Housing and infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela announced that the Government would this year start constructing 50,00 housing units for the civil servants ,a move that has been welcomed by many players in the housing human settlement sector.

Sunday Times of Zambia, 28/01/18.
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