CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
FORTY-SEVEN electronic voucher [e-voucher] cards valued at K97,000 have gone missing in Kabwe and police have since arrested the suspects.
Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi, who confirmed the development in an
interview yesterday, said police have arrested some people in connection with the missing e-vouchers.
Last week, Kabwe town clerk Ronald Daka informed a full council meeting that the office of the district agriculture co-ordinator reported the matter of the missing e-voucher cards to police so that the people involved could be brought to book.
“I wish to report for the information of the council that my office has received a report from the district agriculture co-ordinator to the effect that 47 FISP e-vouchers amounting to K97,102.00 had gone missing,” Mr Daka said.
The matter was reported to Kabwe Central Police which pursued and arrested the people allegedly involved.
Meanwhile, Henning and Harvey Limited, a foreign company that plans to construct the first-ever aerotropolis in Zambia, has requested the Kabwe Municipal Council for over 7,000 hectares of land in Mpima on which to undertake various projects.
But councillors feel the request for over 7,000 hectares of land by the investor is beyond the jurisdiction of the council, adding that the local authority will have to abort other projects earmarked for construction in the same area.
Before the company signed a memorandum of understanding with Government last year, the local authority set aside 1,200 hectares of land for the project out of the 7,200 hectares at Mpima National Forestry.
“One of the main highlights was a request by the prospective investor for additional land beyond the earlier recommended 1,200 hectares,” Mr Daka said.
He said the company wants to build a seven-kilometre runway, commercial and industrial facilities, hotels and housing units.
Mr Daka, however, said the local authority has no powers to directly recommend for allocation of land beyond 250 hectares.
He said this needs the intervention of the Ministry of Lands.