KELVIN CHONGO, Parliament
MINISTER of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has assured Parliament that Government will not remove people squatting on the land meant for the
national firefighting training school in Kabwe’s Katondo township when construction begins.
Contributing to debate on the report of the Committee on Government Assurances for the First Session of the Twelfth National, Mr Kampyongo said government will not displace people from that land as indicated by some members.
He said Government will instead protect squatters when construction begins so that no one is affected.
“Land for the construction of the national firefighting training school was allocated a long time and people must be aware that they are not allowed to settle there,” he said.
The minister was reacting to Kabwe Central member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube who wanted to know the plight of the squatters who have occupied that land.
“Madam Speaker [Catherine Namugala] when I was Minister of Local Government, we had agreed that the Kabwe Council is going to secure that piece of land by obtaining titles so that construction of the school can start,” he said.
Mr Kampyongo also called on Mr Ngulube to ensure the council protects the land.
“I had an engagement with the local community in that area and we agreed that the squatters should not move forward in terms of encroachment to allow for the construction of the school,” he said.
He also said people must not be allowed to encroach on the remaining piece of land but co-operate with the council to ensure the land is protected because the school is very important.
And Committee on Government Assurances chairperson Chanda Mutale told Parliament that the school must be included in the 2018 national budget.
Mr Mutale said it is important that the school gets funding so that it can be completed.
He said the core function of the fire services is to preserve, undertake rescue operations, and also protect domestic animals.