31 August 2012

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.

Copyright © 2012 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.