Govt says will build 57 thousand houses

Government says it has identified land in all provincial centres and selected towns to facilitate construction of Fifty-Seven thousand [57,000] residential houses for public service workers and members of the general public on a rent-to-own basis.

Minsitry of Finance spokseperson Chileshe Kandeta says Since 2009, creative waysof partnering with the private sector to deliver social and public infrastructurethrough the Public Private Partnership Initiativehave been adopted and it is in this spirit that the housing developments in all provinces will be financed and constructed by the private sector, commencing within 2011.

He said the costs to be incurred by developers will be recovered through the sale of completed units to Government employees and members of the general public.

“The planned residential houses comprise low, medium and high cost units which have been packaged by district as follows:

  1. Lot 1: Lusaka [10,000 Houses], Ndola [10,000 Houses] and Kitwe [10,000 Houses].
  1. Lot 2: Livingstone [4,000 Houses], Kabwe [4,000 Houses],Chingola [4,000 Houses] and Luanshya [4,000 Houses].
  1. Lot 3: Mongu [1,000], Chipata [1,000], Kasama [1,000], Mazabuka [1,000], Choma [1,000], Kalomo [1,000], Kapiri-Mposhi [1,000], Mansa [1,000], Chililabombwe [1,000], Mufulira [1,000] and Kalulushi [1,000],” he said.

Kandeta further explained that in order to continue promoting transparency and accountability in the handling of PPP Projects, and in line with section 42 of the PPP Act number 14 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia, the Ministry of Finance and National Planning is encouraging the local private sector not to shy-awaybut to take up the opportunity of partnering with Government to constructthe planned housing units countrywide.

“This initiative is scheduled to reduce the current housing crunch involving a countrywide shortage of approximately one million five hundred [1.5Mn] housing units.

“It is also consistent with the public expectation for the Government to accelerate infrastructure development throughout the country. In addition, the programme will complementthe existing sectoral efforts meantto delivershelter, electricity, clean water and safe sanitation in Zambia.

“Itake this opportunity to encourage Zambians to take up this opportunity and work among themselves or with foreign investorsin order to submittechnical and financial proposals for the Design, Build and lease/sell of Low, Medium and High Cost residential units either in their Own Right, Joint Venture or Consortium.

“In all cases, the Ministry has designed an assessment mechanism for ensuring that there is participation of locals in the housing development programme to guaranteecitizen empowerment. We are very confident that both local and foreign investor will come forward and join the program,” explained Kandeta.

He said that on completion, the 57, 000 new housing units are expected not only to trigger the lowering of shelter rentals countrywide but also to ensure that more Zambians are empowered with their own homes. During the construction stage, the initiative will create economic opportunities and thousands of consolidated job opportunities country-wide, during and after the various construction stages.

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