——–Government says there is need to quickly finish construction of houses for civil servants in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province to avert the critical shortage of accommodation being faced in the area.
Deputy Minister for Transport, Works, Supply and Communication, Mwimba Malama, said continued staying of Government workers in guest houses in Chinsali district is costing a lot of money for the Government, hence the need for those engaged to construct houses to speed up the works.
Mr Malama said this in Chinsali during his continued tour of the provinces and districts to check Government developmental projects.
He said he is disappointed that the contractor constructing civil servants’ houses in Chinsali is taking too long to commence serious construction works.
Mr Malama, who is also Mfuwe Member of Parliament in Mpika District, said there is no way a contractor can be on foundation level six months after commencing the works.
The deputy minister, who physically inspected the project at Mweye, where Government is constructing 30 houses for civil servants under its first phase of the project, said the Government is in a hurry to ensure that houses for civil servants are completed on time.
A total of 30 more houses are to be constructed in the same area under phase two of the project.
At a project where the Government is constructing a four storey divisional headquarters office block for the Zambia Police Service, Mr Malama and his entourage learnt that serious construction works cannot commence because Zesco has not yet connected power at the site.
The site was handed over in January this year.
Mr Malama has since directed Zesco to ensure that power is connected at the construction site to expedite construction works.