Government has reduced by over 70 percent the offer purchase prices for 141 housing units for Kapiri Glass Products (KGP) to former employees.
District Commissioner, Kunda Mwila said government reduced the prices after a petition from the former workers complaining that the earlier offered purchase prices for the houses were too high.
Government had pegged the two categories of KGP houses between K56 and K18 million but seeing that it was beyond the affordability of beneficiaries, the State has reduced the purchase prices to K10 for high cost houses which were priced at K56 million.
The purchase offers for the houses will be in lieu of terminal benefits for former workers who owned houses at the time the company closed in 1998.
Former employees who did not occupy the company houses will receive their terminal benefits in full.
At a purchase offer giving ceremony yesterday Mr. Mwila commended the former KGP workers for being patient since the company closed in 1998.
Mr. Mwila said that government will soon start processing and paying former KGP workers their terminal benefits since it had sorted out their housing problems.
The former workers have not been paid their terminal benefits since the closure of the company 13 years ago.
Mr. Mwila said the government was committed to ensuring that its people were empowered with housing and the means to improve their living standards.
“ The government of President Rupiah Banda has heard the cries of former KGP offers and has since further reduced the prices of the houses this is in the bid also to empower Zambians with decent accommodation,” Mr. Mwila said.
Government remains steadfast to improving the welfare of the people because it is a caring government and very soon it will start preparing your terminal benefits.
Meanwhile, KGP Former Workers’ Steering Committee has praised government and President Rupiah Banda for reducing the offer prices for the houses adding that the move will empower the former workers with housing.
Steering Committee Chairman, Jumbe Sanikonda lauded the government and the MMD leadership for the will they have exhibited in fruitfully resolving the issue after 13 years since the company closed.
“We want to express our gratitude to the President and his administration for the swift response to the petition we made regarding the initial offer prices for the houses which were too high”, Mr. Sanikonda said.
“This is a listening government which has listened to our plea we praise the government and the President for looking into our welfare because this will now help us also meaningfully live lives,” Mr. Sanikonda said.
Mr. Sanikonda noted that many former workers would have failed to purchase the houses at the initial prices thereby defeating the government policy of house empowerment.
The former workers have since pledged to give President Banda and the MMD another mandate in the forth coming elections so that he and the party continue improving lives of many Zambians.
The workers commended government for its selfless efforts to the successful conclusion of the issue which has remained outstanding for sometime now.