International Journal of Arts and Humanities

ISSN 2360-7998

Exploring Migration of Metal Fabricators into Mtendere and Kalingalinga Compounds of Lusaka, Zambia: Trailing the Social Economic Implications and Challenges

Abstract: The metal fabrication works on Katima Mulilo Roadside in the Garden Compound of Lusaka, Zambia, are a result of the early 1990s economic restructuring program. After years of single-party leadership with a central command economy of socialism, the introduction of new leaders with an open economic approach into a multiparty system led to the privatization and restructuring of numerous government and parastatal enterprises. This led to a reduction in personnel in many of these companies, which in turn led to retrenchments. Retrenched artisans from the nearby industrial area of Lusaka established illegal metal fabrication stands along Katima Mulilo Road. This grew into a huge group of artisans, with many new members admitted for apprenticeship training. We noticed migrations to other areas within the city of Lusaka over time.  Present study investigated the factors leading to the migration of metal fabricators to Kalingalinga and Mtendere. It’s a case study design using a qualitative approach. The study sample included all migrant fabricators from Garden to Kalingalinga and Mtendere compounds in Lusaka, Zambia. The study revealed a myriad of factors that led to the migration of metal fabricators from Garden to Kalingalinga and Mtendere compounds in Lusaka, Zambia. The study's significance lies in the need for the relevant authorities to comprehend and address the challenges at both the source and destination, in order to achieve sustainable development. If the study was not done, sustainable development in the country at large would be difficult to attain.


Keywords: metal fabrication, migration. Social, economic, and artisanal challenges