GOVERNMENT has projected that Zambia will experience a housing deficit of over a 3 million units by 2030.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said at the national housing policy provincial consultative conference in Chipata yesterday that Zambia’s population would be in excess of 23 million by 2030 adding that the country would experience housing deficit of over 3 million units if no major interventions were put in place.
Mr Kasolo who was represented by Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu said there was need for robust policy guidelines that would help the country avoid the deficit.
“It is estimated that Zambia’s population will be in excess of 23 million by 2030 and we will experience housing deficit of over 3 million units if no major interventions are put in place,” he said.
He said the economic and social potentials of the urban areas have generated strong forces for rural -urban migration which was outstripping the capacities of local authorities to deliver land and basic services for housing development.
He said the situation has resulted in proliferation of slums and squatter settlements.
Mr Kasolo said Zambian Government recognises the huge challenges faced in providing affordable housing for all.
“We are all aware that the housing challenges are expected to grow even more if we do not put our heads together to plan and strategise on how to deal with it,” he said.
He also said the financial realities have denied Zambians the life they deserve and have trapped a large proportion of the people into abject poverty.
He said with limited access to mortgages and other housing financial products, most Zambian households were unable to participate in the delivery of decent shelter.
Mr Kasolo said Zambia needs clear strategies on how to finance the huge housing deficit now and in future.
Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) Consultant Dr Emmanuel Mutale said the construction of over 120,000 per year was the only solution to avoid housing deficit.