GOVERNMENT has commissioned and handed over 95 houses to police officers in Chingola on the Copperbelt.
Speaking during the Commissioning ceremony held at Chingola Central Police camp, Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said the 95 housing units are part of the 2,350 housing units being constructed under phase one of the Ministry of Home Affairs housing project for the security personnel.
The Minister said that 64% of the housing units under phase one of the project or about 1500 housing units of the 2350 are earmarked for the Zambia police service alone as they are the largest security institution under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
He said for sometime now the Zambia police service has had the oldest and most dilapidated housing units in the country which have required agent replacement and not just rehabilitation.
“The Housing Units being Commissioned today are as a result of the wider vision of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and his government aimed at resolving the long standing housing crisis that the security wings under the Ministry have lived with since Independence” Kampyongo stated.
Kampyongo said as Minister of Home Affairs he remains indebted to Present Lungu for having initiated and spearheaded the Ministry’s housing project when he served as the country’s Minister of Home Affairs prior to becoming Republican President.
He said Government remained committed to providing the country security officers with decent houses as access to decent housing is a fundamental human need with a bearing on people’s performance of their duties.
Meanwhile Provincial Minister Japhen Mwakalombe boasted of massive development that had been taken to the province since the Patriotic Front PF formed government.
The Provincial Minister who is also Chongwe member of Parliament expressed gratitude to President Edgar Lungu for securing the betterment of the people of Zambia.
And Area Member of Parliament Mathew Nkuwa told the Gathering that the kind of development that the PF government has taken to Chingola has never been witnessed since independence.
Nkuwa said the PF government only desires to take development to the people as opposed to politicking aimlessly.