LINDA SOKO TEMBO Writes
WORKERS of some companies engaged to build the new University of Zambia (UNZA) hostels in Lusaka have finally been moved from the side of Nangwenya Road to pave way for the construction of the drainage and walkway.
The workers said they had been moved to the makeshift camp at the UNZA hostels they were building.
They had been living with their families in makeshift huts on the shoulder of the road in squalid conditions.
The families had delayed the construction of the drainage and paved walkway as the sub-contractor engaged to do the works could not move on site.
One of the workers, James Chansa, told the Sun that their bosses had told them to move and pave way for the construction and that their stay was temporary.
They would live on the construction site until the construction of hostels was completed, but without their families.
Mr Chansa said their families would continue living in the makeshift structures like the ones they lived in on the shoulder of the road, which had been demolished.
He said they were using some of the demolished materials to build the new structures and they were advised to avoid taking their wives alone with them.
The workers were found going about their daily business at their new home.
“Finally, we have moved to UNZA hostels. We are only there until the construction works are done, and we have not been allowed to move with our wives. All those with wives have been told to find houses for their wives,” he said.
The construction company’s site engineer, Richard Mukula, said the firm had been sub-contracted by Afcon to build a paved footpath and a drainage, among others, along Nangwenya road.
He, however, had had challenges with the families who lived along the road.
Mr Mukula said the sub-contractor had engaged Afcon in the matter to see how best the issue could be resolved as soon as possible to allow Mango Tree to construct the drainage and footpath properly.