Lusaka city-wide slum upgrading and prevention strategy to gobble an estimated USD500, 000.00 (ZMK3, 500, 000.00) in the short to medium term while in the long term, an estimated USD2 billion will be required over a period of 15 years to 2030 the Acting Director of Housing and Social Services Yasini Mulimba has revealed.
The Citywide Slum Upgrading Strategy provides a framework for improving the living and environmental conditions of the urban poor, coordinating various stakeholders and awareness creation. It also provides a platform for developing or revising the regulatory framework for slum upgrading, identification and provision of new land, housing and basic services and for mobilising resources for investment projects in unplanned areas. Mr. Mulimba revealed that the strategy was the result of a participatory process that involved a number of community meetings and citywide consultations, household surveys and interviews with key urban experts in the planning process.
Community meetings in Kanyama compound to sensitise the residents on the citywide Slum Upgrading Strategy
He said the overall goal of the strategy was to support the overall sustainable urban development of Lusaka. “The specific goals include: upgrading all the existing unplanned and un-serviced settlements by Lusaka by 2030, to prevent the formation of new illegal settlements and growth and expansion of existing unplanned settlements in Lusaka by 2030 and to provide a framework for local economic development,” he said.
Mr. Mulimba further outlined the strategic and priority areas of intervention as follows: Re-planning of Informal /Unplanned Settlements, Land regularisation and improvement of security of tenure, improving Access Roads and Drainage System as well as improving Solid Waste Collection and Management.
Mr Mulimba added that the implementation of strategy will require identification, mobilisation and coordination of resources (human, technical and financial). “The resources will be raised from various sources including the Central Government, CSO, development cooperation agencies, the private sector and communities,” he said.
The Lusaka city-wide slum upgrading and prevention strategy is the result of the technical cooperation between the Ministry Local Government and Housing, Lusaka City Council, UN Habitat and People’s Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia (PPHPZ).
Meanwhile the initiative to come up with city-wide slum upgrading and prevention strategy has cheered the residents of Kanyama. Jean Mukuka a resident of Kanyama who could not hide her joy commended Lusaka City Council and all the stakeholders for coming up with the strategy to upgrade compounds like Kanyama, which have suffered perennial outbreak of diseases due to poor sanitation as well as seasonal floods due to poor infrastructure such as roads and drainages. Ms Mukuka has urged the council to expedite the process to avoid further loss of lives from preventable diseases such as cholera.