THE beauty that once characterized the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) Kalulushi complex comprising of 438 housing units is slowly fading away because of prolonged non occupancy of the infrastructure.
The housing units which were constructed at a cost of K274 million, were commissioned for sale last year in July by Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda. At commissioning,the low cost houses were pegged at K450, 000 each and the medium cost houses at price ranging between K612, 000 and K771, 000 each while the high cost housing units ranged between K930, 000 and K975, 000.
The project that was started in 2010 has 438 housing units.Despite being completed the houses have remained unoccupied.The complex comprises of 19 low cost, 360 medium cost, 59 high cost
houses.The complex as well as semi- detached structures and covering an area of 35.9 hectares.
Mr Shamenda said during the launch of the sale of the Kalulushi housing units that they were not as cheap as they should have been.
The minister wondered then how the NAPSA Kalulushi housing units were going to benefit the ordinarily citizens in view of the exorbitant prices.
As observed by the minister, it is apparent that the NAPSA Kalulushi housing units were pegged at exorbitant prices and this could be the reason they have remained unoccupied to date.
The housing units which were constructed at huge cost using tax payers’ money are slowly turning into a white elephant.