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Don’t encroach, Mwale urges Lusaka residents

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
LUSAKA Province permanent secretary Stardy Mwale has warned city residents against encroaching on land that has been set aside for social amenities.
Inspecting tracts of land in Lusaka’s Chalala, Malata and Kalikiliki areas that have been set aside for the construction of health posts, Mr Mwale said it has become common for people to build on any piece of land, and therefore increasing illegal settlements.
“People should learn to spend their money on land where they have building permission from the Lusaka planning authority to avoid the demolition of the structures,” Mr Mwale said yesterday.
He said it is unfortunate that once structures for unauthorised developers are demolished, people tend to blame Government as being insensitive to their plight.
Mr Mwale appealed to municipalities to carry out routine checks and ensure that land that has been earmarked for the construction of public amenities are not encroached on.
“The continued encroachment of land that is set aside for the benefit of all is a drawback in the development process that Government is focusing on,” he said.
Mr Mwale also advised people that would like to buy privately owned land to go through “change of ownership” formalities and secure title deeds before they could start building.
And Lusaka Province medical officer Kennedy Malama said Lusaka has been allocated 35 health posts which are at different construction stages.
“For Lusaka Province, our target is January 31st 2016, all the 32 should be completed. Two are in Chirundu and the other one in Shibuyunji,” Dr Malama said.
He said they want to make sure that no targeted community misses the opportunity to have a health facility in their vicinity due to lack of land
“We do not have time to waste, if land is a challenge, then we have to relocate to another place,” Dr Malama said.

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