About Kitwe

A brief history

The Kitwe City Council consists of democratically elected councilors representing their electorate in the twenty–eight (28) wards, five (5) constituencies and management, which implements Council policies.

The City of Kitwe lies between Latitude 12° and 13° south and Longitude 28° and 29° east. The city sits on a fairly flat land with an altitude of 1,295m above sea level. The City boasts of the centrality of its location in the Copperbelt province of Zambia, and is bordered by Kalulushi, Mufulira, Luanshya, and Lufwanyama districts and the city of Ndola.

Kitwe City covers an area of 777 km2 and comprises of a strip of land of about 32 km wide and approximately 64 km long stretching from Mufulira-Ndola Road in the east, to Lufwanyama River in the west. To the south, the city is bounded by the northern tributary of Baluba River; it follows the Musakashi, Kafue and Mutupa Rivers.

According to the Central Statistics Office Preliminary Report of the 2010 census, the present population of Kitwe City stands at 522,092 with an approximated 3.3% annual growth rate. Population growth in the City is expected to grow even faster in the near future due to the City’s growing importance as a centre of mining and trade activities.

Our Vision

The Kitwe City shall be a development-oriented, environmentally clean, appealing and hospitable place for residents and visitors.

Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life of the people of Kitwe through the development of a sustainable economic, environment and the provision of quality affordable social services and infrastructure, with the active participation of all stakeholders.

Value Statements

In carrying out our mission, we will uphold the under-listed values:

Quality of Service: Our guiding principle is to provide efficient, effective, reliable, sustainable and equitable services to the residents of Kitwe.

Good Governance and Democracy: We undertake to foster an enabling environment for all stakeholders to participate in decision-making and implementation of development projects. We also undertake to execute our duties in the context of our democratic mandate and ideals.

Transparency and Accountability: We undertake to conduct all business in the most transparent and accountable manner.

Motivation: We value the contributions of our staff, institutions and residents in the provision of services.

Value for Money: We undertake to provide the most cost-effective services and realise value for money at all times.

Hospitality: We welcome and value the company and contribution of our visitors and investors in the development of our city.

Kitwe’s primary economic activity, like the rest of the region, is mining. Other economic activities in the City include agriculture and manufacturing.

Kitwe City Council is the supreme policy-making body at local level. It is responsible for all aspects of city planning, development and service delivery. The Council formulates local policies and approves district development plans. It also discharges municipal functions including refuse collection, street cleaning and lighting, promotion of public health, maintenance of roads, and other services as documented in the sixty-three functions of local governments in Zambia.