Government says it is devising a master plan that will address the numerous unplanned settlements in Lusaka and change the face of the capital city.

Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo said Government is worried about unplanned settlements in Lusaka.

Mr. Lusambo regretted that the bigger part of Lusaka City has been taken up by unplanned settlements with the majority being a few minutes’ drive from the Central Business District.

He said it is unacceptable that in this era people living near the CBD of the Capital City are using pit latrines.

Mr. Lusambo said Government will not tolerate the trend and will ensure pit latrines are decommissioned from the CBD as it moves to change the face of the capital city.

The minister stated that most of the unplanned settlements such as Kuku, Misisi and Kanyama were erected in areas designated for the establishment of industries.

He said this explains why service companies such as the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company have failed to properly provide water and sewerage services.

The minister also said the Central Business District will be redeveloped and the new Society park building will be the yard stick for all the buildings in the capital city.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lusambo has urged shop owners who have no capacity to renovate or put up new structures to partner with investors to improve their buildings.

He said the provincial administration has engaged the Lusaka City Council to come up with a long-lasting solution to the problem of unplanned settlements that has dodged the city of Lusaka.

The Minister warned the LCC planning section to desist from flouting planning procedures and instead do the right thing.