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Zambia unveils a project to build 1,000 houses for poor people

NAIROBI, Kenya — Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday launched an ambitious initiative that will focus on the construction of houses for poor people across the country.

The “Buy A Brick Campaign” project will construct 1,000 decent houses for poor people. According to housing officials, Stanbic Bank, which has partnered with the government, will finance the project.

“This good campaign should sound a clarion call to action on delivering decent housing for all our people, especially the poor and vulnerable. This project demonstrates that with the unity of purpose, and commitment, one brick at a time, we can obtain decent housing for all,” he said.

President Lungu said the need for decent housing, both in urban and rural areas, has become a national concern because of the increasing population. He added that international human rights law recognizes every person’s right to decent housing.

According to the Zambian President, the country has a population of 17.5 million people, with 60 percent dwelling in urban areas and 40 percent in urban areas. He said the population growth had outstripped the rate at which decent and affordable houses are being built and put on the market.

The Zambian leader said his government had recognized housing development as a means of reducing developmental inequalities and increasing access to decent housing for all citizens.

Adding, “our national Vision 2030 has identified access to adequate and affordable housing, safe and clean water and proper sanitation as being among challenges that the country must overcome on our journey toward a prosperous middle-income country by 2030,” he added.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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