GOVERNMENT will build 80 houses for police officers at a cost of K8 million at State Lodge Police Camp, Minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila has said.
And Mr Mwila has bemoaned the poor state of police houses meant for operations at State Lodge, saying they are not habitable.
Mr Mwila said the project, which is scheduled to start this March, is expected to be completed in one year.
“We have put in place plans to rehabilitate old structures so that some of the officers could be staying in good infrastructure while waiting for the new houses,” he said.
The minister was speaking after a tour of State Lodge Police Camp and national registration offices at Lusaka’s Chilenje and Boma offices.
Mr Mwila said Government is committed to improving living standards of all the people, hence the building of houses for officers.
He said houses being used by officers at State Lodge are in such a bad state that if Ministry of Health official came, they could recommend closing them for health reasons.
He is, however, hopeful that the police command will look for money to rehabilitate the houses while new ones are under construction.
And Mr Mwila is happy that the department of national registration has improved its operations.
“This is how it should be, people should just come in and get their national registration cards (NRCs) instead of queuing for hours and hours,” he said.
A check at Chilenje and Boma offices found registration officers waiting for people to get their NRCs.