Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:33:32 +0000
By KALOBWE BWALYA
OVER 30 Civil servants in Rufunsa district are occupying grass thatched houses, Rufunsa District Commissioner, Judith Chama has revealed.
Speaking when Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister, Ronald Chitotela, paid a courtesy call at her office over the weekend, Ms Chama said civil servants were facing chal- lenges in accessing decent housing and found themselves in grass thatched houses because the area was a rural set-up. Ms Chama said once the construction of 10 medium and 20 low cost houses were finished, then housing deficit among the civil servants would ease as most of them were covering long distances when reporting for work from their far-flung areas.
She appealed to Government to expedite construction of civil servants’ staff houses and other projects that have stalled.
“We are appealing to Government through the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure De- velopment to consider finishing
the construction of staff houses and other projects because officers were facing a lot of challenges in accessing decent houses as well as movements when reporting for work,”said Ms Chama.
In response, Mr Chitotela said he would in a few weeks’ time be inspecting various on- going developmental projects that the Government initiated following the declaration of Rufunsa as a district in 2012.
Mr Chitotela said Government was determined to take development across the country adding that it was the desire of Government to see to it that all the projects that it embarked on are completed and Rufunsa is among the districts which was considered in the first phase and whose works are at 80%.
“I will be coming in few weeks’ time to come and inspect on all developmental pro- jects that we embarked on since Rufunsa was declared a district. I will inspect staff houses, police station, and district administration block and civic centre among many,” said Mr Chitotela.