By KALOBWE BWALYA
POOR planning, shoddy works and lack of proper drainage system is contributing to the problem of floods in Kuku, Msisi, John Laing compounds and other parts of Lusaka, some Lusaka residents have said.
Ms Paxina Chongo of Kuku compound said the Lusaka City Council (LCC) should ensure people did not construct their houses in illegal settlements, drainages and sewer lines.
Ms Chongo said some residents of Kuku compound were advised in 2014 to vacate the flood -prone areas by the then deputy minister in the office of the Vice President Davies Mwango to facilitate construction of drainages, they refused claiming they had nowhere to go.
“The problem of floods cannot be avoided because most people have built their houses in quarries. The problem in areas such as kuku and Chawama is perennial and a long-term solution is needed as most houses are built in water-logged areas,” she said.
Another resident Richard Mbewe said despite advice from government and stakeholders for people relocate, they were not willing because most of the land in Lusaka had been sold.
Mr Mbewe, however, blamed the residents for ignoring advice from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to consider moving to safe places before the rains started.
And Estella Siyakubale said it was becoming expensive for government to relocate people and that it was better for them to move to safer places on their own instead of waiting for calamities to happen.