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Govt committed to raising standards for families, says Chisenga
By Masuzyo Chakwe
Sat 07 Dec. 2013, 14:20 CAT

LUSAKA mayor Daniel Chisenga says the government is committed to alleviating the suffering of families as a result of population growth challenges that the country is facing.

Making a presentation at the World Family Summit +9 in Berlin on Tuesday during the local authorities roundtable session, Chisenga said the local authority with the support of the government was currently undertaking various initiatives to raise the standards of families.
Chisenga, who is also Local Government Association of Zambia president, highlighted a comprehensive urban development plan for the city of Lusaka which was currently being implemented.

"The construction of inner ringroads, and projects such as the Pave Zambia Project, L400 Road Project, as well as the undertaking of flood risk mapping and related actions in flood prone areas of the city, will definitely ease mobility and increase activities by families living in the area," he said according to a statement issued by first secretary for press and public relations at Zambia's Embassy in Germany Yvonne Shibemba.

Chisenga explained that the Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage Project would help ease access and improve reliability of water and sanitation in selected urban and peri-urban areas of Lusaka.

He further stated that the council in conjunction with ZICTA had also embarked on a street naming exercise, under the National Addressing and Postcode System Project for purposes of developing a residential address system for speedy delivery of municipal services.

"We also want to take our services closer to the people, so the council has come up with zone development committees per hundred households to enhance participatory governance of residents in all municipal services including waste management," Chisenga said.

He emphasised that the improvement of densely populated communities through the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) would enhance land tenure security.

"Under this programme, the local authority is issuing title deeds to residents who have never had the opportunity to possess such documentations thereby increasing their opportunities to obtain loans for property improvement and raise investment levels," he said.

Chisenga thanked the World Family Organisation executive for conferring Zambia with the status of World Family Capital City for the year 2013.
He also congratulated the delegates for unanimously electing Judith Mwila as vice-president of the WFO.

Mwila, a renowned family building consultant counsellor and founder of Families Are Nations, becomes the first African woman to hold the position since the inception and affiliation of the WFO to the UN in 1986, deputising Brazil's Dr Deisi Kutsztra.

The WFO is an international organisation which has as main objective to represent families of the world at all levels, to defend their interests and to act with them and for them vis-a-vis governments and the international community.

Chisenga led a five-member delegation to the World Family Summit +9 organised by the WFO, the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations NGO Branch, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, senior citizens, women and youth and the German Red Cross, under the theme 'Building the Future We Want'

Others in the delegation were Lusaka City Council town clerk Moses Mwelwa, president of Families are Nations Zambia (FAN) Mwila, FAN board vice-chairperson Antoneill Mutentwa, board trustee and women empowerment trainer Angela Banda and FAN national director of youth and talent identity Morgan Phiri.

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