MINISTER of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela on Tuesday unveiled board members of the National Housing Authority with South Africa based Justine Chinyanta as its chairperson.
In welcoming the 10-member board, Chitotela immediately said the NHA was facing a challenge of inadequate funding but however implored the members to immediately settle and start performing the functions for which they were appointed.
He further tasked the members to fully apply themselves to contribute to the government’s transformation agenda as enshrined in the Seventh National Development Plan.
“In welcoming you to the housing sector, I wish to emphasise that government expects you to settle immediately and start performing the functions for which you have been appointed,” Chitotela said.
“I believe all of you are joining the NHA board with the full knowledge that effective and efficient delivery of affordable housing by government is critical in reducing the huge housing deficit our country is faced with. As you may be aware, housing is a social need, as such it is central to realizing government’s transformation agenda as enshrined in the PF manifesto and the Seventh National Development Plan.
In bringing to speed the challenges of finance that NHA was facing, Chitotela urged the new board members to explore partnerships that would supplement government’s funding.
He said housing projects would not be implemented through funding from the Treasury alone, as other financiers were willing to help.
“The most obvious challenge facing NHA is inadequate funding, housing projects cannot be implemented through funding from treasury alone. Currently, there are financiers willing to work jointly with NHA to fund civil servants housing developments. I urge you to explore such partnerships and as government, we shall ensure that you have our support,” said Chitela.
Apart from Chinyanta, other board members include Bornwell Lwanga from the Kitwe City Council, Numeral Banda from the Ministry of Local government, an engineer from the Ministry of Local Government, Nkumbu Siame, and Mpatanji Namumba from the Local Government Association.
Others include Bwalya Katati from the National Institute of Scientific and industrial Research, Andrew Phiri from the University of Zambia School of Engineering, Joseph Chokolwa from the National Building Society, an independent member Allan Mbewe and Michael Katemwa from Kawambwa District Council.