Police to probe Chingola council over land deals

GOVERNMENT says police will investigate the alleged land scam at Chingola Municipal Council by some people who have formed cartels with councillors and are allegedly allocating land illegally to unsuspecting customers and obtaining money.
Chairperson of the task force on illegal land allocation Panji Kaunda said his team has resolved that the allegation be investigated by police.
He said this following reports that some councillors at Chingola Municipal Council are involved in illegal land allocation.
“Police have to investigate the allegations that have been made by the public, some councillors were named… What we want is police to investigate the matter; so the law should take its course,” he said.
Col Kaunda, who is Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, said this at a press briefing at the civic centre on Friday after the land tribunal sittings.
The tribunal, which started its sittings at 10:00 hours and only closed at 20:00 hours, saw scores of people turning up to report their grievances on land matters.
Col Kaunda said Government would not accept illegality in land allocation by councillors, warning that those who will be found wanting will face the wrath of the law.
However, Col Kaunda said the illegal land allocation at the municipality was not as rampant as other councils on the Copperbelt.
“We cannot say Chingola Municipal Council is on a clean sheet, there are few corrupt individuals here and there, but the local authority needs to work hard to ensure illegal issues are sorted out,” he said.
The deputy minister also expressed concern over lack of information dissemination to the public on procedures to follow when one wants to acquire land.
“From what we heard from the public, information is lacking on the procedures on how people can access land from the local authority,” he said.
He said some people have been squatting on pieces of land for over two years without proper documentation.
Col Kaunda also directed the council to demolish houses built illegally.
Earlier, during a meeting with councillors before the tribunal sittings, Col Kaunda said it is sad that civic leaders were using land to enrich themselves, and warned perpetrators of arrest.

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