Zambia: NHA Board Dissolved

GOVERNMENT has dissolved the National Housing Authority (NHA) board of directors after discovering that the institution had been misapplying resources instead of providing affordable housing to the people.

Local Government and Housing Minister, Emerine Kabanshi said at a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that she had signed a statutory order dissolving the NHA board.

"I have directed that immediate steps be put in place to re-constitute the board at NHA with new membership in accordance with the provisions of the law and to ensure that this is done without delay so that operations at the Authority are not negatively affected," she said.

She said NHA was a Government entity which had the onerous task of making available low-cost housing stock countrywide to stabilise the shortage which was in millions.

"It is, therefore, sad to note that instead of pursuing this assignment, the Authority is bogged down in misapplying the resources in every way possible," she said.

She said as minister responsible, she would not allow any acts that would frustrate the ideals of the Patriotic Front Government which were laid down in its manifesto.

Ms Kabanshi said institutional boards were tools of good governance and when issues affecting their operations arose, they should be corrected promptly.

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