Kabwe council applies for 5,200 hectares of land

THE Kabwe Municipal Council has applied for 5,200 hectares of land to the Ministry of Lands to enable the local authority to build 2,000 housing units in a mixed development scheme.
Kabwe mayor Prince Chileshe said in an interview yesterday that the 5, 200 hectares of land is part of the 7, 200 hectares land which is a national forest and requires de-gazetting.
Mr Chileshe said the Kabwe Municipal Council is partnering with the private sector under the private public partnership arrangement called Elomax of the United Kingdom.
“The council has been facing serious planning challenges and often times we have been getting unnecessary attacks from the public,” Mr Chileshe said.
Mr Chileshe said the council is carrying out plot regularisation which the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Ministry of Lands is aware about the exercise.
He said this will help the council facilitate acquisition of the title deeds for developers which will also bring sanity to the town of Kabwe.
Mr Chileshe said the move will help the council benefit significantly as most of the properties will be captured in the valuation role and broaden the revenue base for the local authority.
“Kabwe Municipal Council is putting in measures to control development through making land more available in a systematically planned manner,” he said.
He said it is the municipality’s duty to ensure that there is order among people acquiring land and that this is why they have taken a step to ensure people have title deeds for their land.

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