The Ministry of infrastructure and Housing will soon embark on building 5,000 houses for Civil Servants around Zambia.
Minster of Infrastructure and Housing Ronald Chitotela, said this project emanates from the recent census report which shows the deficit of over 1.5 million housing units.
Mr. Chitotela has since confirmed that government has started building the houses for civil servants across Zambia following the directive made by the Republican President Edgar Lungu.
“We risk reaching a housing deficit of up to 3 million by 2030 if nothing is done,” he said.
He further added that his ministry will also upgrade most of the unplanned settlements across the country with some of the targeted areas being Chawama, Misisi, and Kuku, Chbolya and Kanyama compounds and later the project will spread to other provinces in the country.
According to a statement issued to ZANIS yesterday, the Minister said this on his arrival in Washington DC where he is expected to attend meetings on infrastructure and development of the housing units following the memorandum that was signed last year.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chitotela said his office has received a proposal from Mercury Asset Partners to build a Construction Bank in Zambia to help support the sector as this will help empower the Zambian contractors facing financing challenges.
And Mercury Asset Partners, founder and Co-director Julie Bwalya said a 600 Million US Dollars is proposed to undertake the construction of 5,000 low, medium and high-cost housing units for civil servants in Zambia.
Ms. Bwalya further added that her company has also invested in the energy sector to help set up a factory plant of solar water heaters in Zambia.