Govt to construct more houses for police officers

Government has embarked on negotiations for commodity loans with some co-operating partners under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative to finance the construction of thousands of housing units and offices for Zambia Police countrywide.

Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu, disclosed the development when he addressed heads of departments under the Ministry of Home
Affairs in Mansa yesterday.

Mr Lungu said Government was in talks with some cooperating partners from China and the United States of America to help finance construction
of the housing units.

He said Government would soon embark on an ambitious programme of building houses and office accommodation for the officers
in order to mitigate the impact of accommodation crisis.

The minister noted that Government was aware of challenges faced by officers to access better accommodation, forcing them to rent houses despite
getting housing allowances which are far below what landlords demand.

He stated that Luapula Province, which has a population of over 1.7 million people, currently has 367 police officers against 242 housing
units available.

Mr Lungu said the Government was aware of the critical shortage of manpower in Luapula Province and was confident that the area would
soon receive more officers after current recruits graduate.

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