DMMU urges councils not to tolerate illegal settlements

THE Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has called on councils not to tolerate illegal land developers and ensure structures built on illegally acquired land are demolished at an early stage.
DMMU Copperbelt regional coordinator Edwin Muyunda said councils should not wait until illegal land developers have built their structures up to roof level
Mr Muyunda said this in Choma on Wednesday during a three-day camp coordination and management training for district disaster management committee members from Namwala, Choma and Mazabuka.
“Illegal land allocation should not be tolerated because it can lead to anarchy. Early demolishing of houses built on illegally-acquired land should continue to avoid disaster. Structures should be demolished early enough before owners spend so much money on them,” Mr Muyunda said.
In response, Namwala district council secretary Mabvuto Masiye said it was difficult to stop illegal land developers because most of them build secretly.
And speaking when she officially closed the training programme, Choma district commissioner Sheena Muleya said she was confident that the training programme had equipped participants with enough skills to handle disasters.
Seven course participants were trained in camp management, coordination and administration among other topics.
“Knowledge is power and I implore you to share this knowledge with others. And always practice love in everything that you do; even when there is a disaster, your work will be made easier if you do it with love,” Ms Muleya said.
She commended the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) for funding the training programme which was facilitated by the DMMU.

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