The Ministry of Local Government and Housing has directed councils throughout the country to partner with Habitat for Humanity in promoting decent shelter for less privileged people.
Local Government Minister Emerine Kabanshi made the directive in Lusaka today during the official opening of a strategic plan validation workshop for Habitat for Humanity International.
In a speech read for her by Local Government Minister Nicholas Banda, Ms. Kabanshi said councils must find suitable land for housing development while partnering with Habitat for Humanity in order to accord communities countrywide improved housing and sanitation.
Ms. Kabanshi said government was ready to partner with any organization in overcoming the 1.3 million deficit of housing units in the country.
She said President Michael Sata’s decision to grant K167 million to the Zambia National Building Society underscores government’s commitment to improving access to affordable and decent houses to a lot of citizens.
Ms. Kabanshi also said government was in the process of reviewing the housing act that will facilitate legalisation and upgrading of unplanned settlements.
And Habitat for Humanity Board Chairperson Chisambwa Katengo commended government for reviewing policies that will allow more people have access to decent shelter.
Mr. Katengo also said the move by government will enhance land acquisition for poor people in both urban and rural areas.
He said his organisation will map out strategies that will be directed at overcoming the housing deficit facing the country.
And Habitat for Humanity National Director Joseph Munsanje has asked the Zambia National Building Society to take advantage of his organisation and learn how it can provide mortgages at low interest rates.