By Nation Reporter
THE construction of housing units for policemen on the Copperbelt has started with an initial 221 units in the first phase.
About 24 houses would be constructed at Kawama police post, 20 at Masaiti police station, 91 at Kamfinsa police camp and 21 at Lufwanyama police station.
Mokambo border police post will receive 20 housing units while Ndeke police post will have 12 houses with Chingola Central police tation getting 33 units.
Home Affairs minister Davies Mwila announced this when he commissioned the construction of the housing units last Friday.
Mr Mwila said Government was hoping that police officers would respond to Government’s gesture of giving them decent accommodation by working harder.
Mr Mwila said Government was constructing more than 1,454 housing units for police officers in Lusaka, Kabwe and the Copper belt to address the problems and challenges of decent accommodation faced by the police throughout the country.
“Out of 2,350 housing units being constructed countywide, under phase one, the Zambia Police Service has been allocated 1,454 housing units. These houses are being built in Lusaka, Kabwe and the Copperbelt. The police service has, therefore, been given 61 per cent of the housing units under phase one.
“This allocation favours the Zambia Police Service because of its relative size in comparison to the other departments under my ministry. It is my Government’s hope that the police officers shall respond to this gesture by working harder,” he said.
Mr Mwila said the project was part of Government’s phased programme of constructing a total of 12,000 housing units countrywide.
He said the construction of the housing units should eliminate the housing shortages that officers under his ministry have lived with for a long time.
And Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja, has issued a stern warning to all those who are hell-bent on causing havoc before, during and after the August 11 elections that the Zambia Police would not fail to deal with them accordingly.
He said the police service had also put in place measures that would guarantee peaceful and violent-free general elections on August 11.
“Among the measures that have been put in place include the revision of the police handbook on policing elections, training and retraining of police officers on how to conduct themselves during elections and the engagement of various stakeholders on how to improve the operations of police service during election.
“In the same vein, allow me to issue a stern warning to all those who were hell-bent on causing havoc before, during and after the August 11 elections that the Zambia Police will not fail to deal with them accordingly. As a country, we want to continue enjoying peace which we have experienced for more than 50 years,” Mr Kanganja said.