The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Mayoral candidate for Lusaka Miles Sampa has unveiled his plan of action for the transformation of the city of Lusaka in the first 100 days upon being elected into office.
Speaking at the Party’s interactive Forum at Crismar Hotel in Lusaka this morning, Mr. Sampa stated that the first thing he would do would be to enhance communication between the Council and Lusaka residents by establishing a call centre at the council.
“The way the police have a call centre, that’s how the council will operate to carter for inquiries 24/7. It shall be a full fledged and operational call centre. Not when one is calling, one is greeted with no response. If you find a dead dog on the road, you should be able to call the centre and inform us and we should immediately respond and send someone to clear up the dog,” he said.
Mr. Sampa stated that the second aspect would be to de-congest the roads in Lusaka because the congestion was making business suffer in the CBD because it was increasingly difficult to move from one point to another and that within the 100 day framework, he would come up with a realistic solution to the problem.
Mr. Sampa also announced that the third thing would be to introduce free WiFi in bus stops, at train stations, at the airport and other public places to make electronic communication channels easier for the residents of Lusaka in line with the Smart Zambia that is being encouraged by government.
“When one arrives in Zambia at the airport, there will be free WiFi and one can immediately log in to ones preferred services. Similarly, when one goes to Intercity, there will be free WiFi, so that when one is travelling and one is delayed, it should be possible to log in to free Internet and inform ones relatives of the predicament. There will also be free WiFi at the council premises and many other public places,” he said.
Mr Sampa stated that within the first 100 days, he would also ensure that there is improved health services which should fall under the council. He stated that he would ensure the council health posts are fully functional to carter for the health needs of the residents. Mr. Sampa stated that within the 100 day framework, he would also introduce town hall meetings.
“Every six months, as Mayor, I will be meeting all residents under the town hall meeting scheme, to have one on one meetings. And, we will agree with the councillors that they too have town hall meetings every three months within their wards,” he said.
Within 100 days, Mr Sampa said that he would ensure that the process of issuing of tittle deeds to all houses in Lusaka is done, stating that that a house is a major asset which should enable the owner to access bank loans as houses could be used as collateral for a bank loan, adding that computerisation and valuation of houses would be done
“If your house is not valued, you won’t know its worth and so when you go to a bank seeking a loan using your house as collateral and the bank asks how much your house is worth, and you don’t know, they won’t give you a loan,” he said.
Mr. Sampa also stated that he would look into the improvement and upgrading of markets to allow marketeers to trade in a conducive environment. He stated that he would also move the council from being a red council to a black one which he stated meant taking the council from being a broke council to one that was financially viable through stoppage of revenue leakages.
“I will ensure that all revenues that are due to the council, are collected. And also the correct rates for that matter,” he said.