Kabwe Aerodrome housing halted


CENTRAL Province Minister Davies Chisopa has urged people constructing houses in Aerodrome area in Kabwe to stop until a court case on the disputed land is concluded.
Mr Chisopa said this when he visited the area on Friday where he addressed the affected people.
“We do not want a situation where the council comes in to demolish structures because people have gone on to settle on land which has not been examined,” he said.
Mr Chisopa also directed Kabwe Municipal Council to formalise the settlement within six months.
He said the local authority needs to ensure that they properly plan for infrastructure development in the area to avoid the mushrooming of illegal settlements.
Mr Chisopa said Government is aware of the challenges people in the area are experiencing. He said the affected people have the right to good sanitation.
And a representative of the affected people, Chrispine Lupiya, urged Government to intervene in their efforts to have their settlement formalised.
Mr Lupiya said the affected people have valid certificates of ownership for the land they are occupying but are wondering why the local authority is reluctant to legalise the settlement.
Mr Lupiya said the residents are willing to create a road network in the community to avoid the possibility of their houses being demolished by the authorities.
Last year, the local authority demolished over 100 houses belonging to illegal developers who had built in the area.
Kabwe town clerk Oliver Muuka said the council had demarcated about 280 plots in 2009 and should have proceeded to construct access roads but this was hampered by people who encroached on the land.
Mr Muuka said some of the people had admitted that they were not certified owners of the land they were holding, therefore prompting the local authority to take action.

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