ACTING Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Wylbur Simuusa has handed over 275 housing units to the Zambia Army in Kabwe.
The 275 housing units are part of the 4,527 houses that are being constructed in Twin Palm area in Lusaka, the Zambia National Service in Makeni, Waterfalls in Lusaka East and Lusaka West and in Mufulira.
Mr Simuusa who handed over the houses to Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba in Kabwe yesterday reaffirmed Government's commitment to addressing housing challenges faced by the defence wings.
He said the construction of the housing units commenced in 2011 and that the units consists of medium and low cost houses.
He commended the contractor Sinomach for the commitment to the project and for maintaining high standard houses.
Mr Simuusa challenged local contractors to emulate their foreign counterparts as Government would not tolerate shoddy works.
And Mr Mwamba said the housing units would assist in addressing the shortage of accommodation and reduce on payment of rentals for officers.
Mr Mwamba said the Government had come up with a programme to construct more houses.
He said the hand-over of the houses was a milestone in addressing the housing deficit facing the defence wings.
Sinomach business manager Gu Aiajia said her firm commenced the construction works in June last year and paid tribute to the Government for the support.
She said the company was happy to be part of the project that aims at reducing the housing deficit for the Zambian people.