The Ministry of Local Government will construct Civic Centres in all Seven constituencies in Lusaka to Decentralize the operations of the main Lusaka Civic Centre.
Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale says the development was tabled before cabinet on Monday at State House.
Speaking at the official opening of Kaunda Square stage one market constructed by the Zambia National Service yesterday, Mr. Mwale explained that the current Civic Centre is not adequate to cater for the growing population in Lusaka city.
The Local Government Minister said the construction of the Seven-Constituency Civic Centres will start next year.
Meanwhile Munali Constituency Member of parliament Professor Nkandu Luo has urged the marketeers to desist from acts of vandalism.
The Kaunda Square market was constructed by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) and Commandant Lieutenant General Nathan Mulenga said the service is remains committed to delivering quality works.
In June this year, when the Minister of Local Government, Hon. Vincent Mwale addressed the media at the PF Interactive Forum, he intimated that government was committed to actualize devolution as promised in the PF Manifesto and as empowered by the new Constitution under the Local Government Act.
“….We also realize that some cities have grown too big. For example Lusaka, when Lusaka City council was created, I think the population of Lusaka could have been 100,000. We have the same structures that we had then existing now even when the population of Lusaka is about three million now. So we cannot expect that Lusaka Civic Centre will still provide the services needed in Chazanga, in Chelstone and Zingalume and be on top of things.”
He explained that the Lusaka City Council would now play an oversight role after breaking down the Lusaka Council into municipalities to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.