CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
THE Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will soon send a team to orient Kabwe Municipal Council (KMC) officials on land administration before
lifting the suspension.
Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata last month suspended KMC and Ndola City Council from serving as land administration agents in their respective districts for their failure to adhere to guidelines and procedures in the management of the natural resource.
Kabwe mayor Prince Chileshe said the team of experts in land administration is expected in Kabwe soon.
He said this on Thursday last week during a stakeholders’ consultative meeting in Kabwe.
“The Ministry of Lands will send a team to come and orient our officials. There haven’t been real issues, the biggest challenge is that people are dealing in illegal land and there are a few bad eggs,” Mr Chileshe said.
Mr Chileshe clarified that the suspension of the land agency did not affect plots that have already been allocated to the residents.
He warned that people should not take advantage of the suspension of the land agency to engage in illegal land transactions because KMC is still in charge of planning land for development.
He said councillors and management have declared zero tolerance against illegal land transactions.
And Kabwe town clerk Ronald Daka said the problem of malpractices in land administration by KMC has been exaggerated by some people in Kabwe.
Mr Daka said KMC has put in place measures to prevent illegal land transactions and those found wanting will be brought to book.
Kabwe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Christabel Ngongola said her organisation was concerned that the revocation of the land administration agency might affect the interest of investors who want to invest in Kabwe.