State to repossess sold houses
GOVERNMENT says it will repossess institutional houses for immigration officers at Mokambo border post in Mufulira that were allegedly offered for sale by the MMD Government.
Minister of Home Affairs Kennedy Sakeni said this when he visited the border post on Wednesday, that he will talk about the matter with the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications and Cabinet to find out who endorsed the sale of the houses during the time the MMD was in Government.
“If it was the President during MMD’s reign, I will request President Sata to rescind the decision. The sale of the houses is null and void, we shall find ways of how to refund the concerned buyers,” he said.
Mr Sakeni was reacting to revelations by Immigration Department director-general Anderson Phiri who told the minister that institutional houses at the border were offered for sale by the former government.
Mr Sakeni said it was uncalled for, for the MMD Government to have sold institutional houses for immigration officers at the border post. “If officers start renting houses in the villages, how are they going to put up control measures at the border?” he wondered.
Mr Sakeni said institutional houses are part of security measures involved in the daily operations of immigration officers. He said it is unreasonable for any government to sell infrastructure such as houses for immigration officers at border areas.
“Immigration officers are supposed to be transferred within a period of at least three years and they should always find houses available for occupation at any border point across the country,” he said.
Mr Sakeni, who also visited Sakania border post, said Government is planning to construct more houses for security officers at border areas around the country.
Earlier, Mr Phiri said the Mokambo border post needs to be upgraded as it was built many years ago. “The border is quite wide and operations start from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours,” he said.
Mr Phiri said the border is expected to be busy when the Pedicle Road is tarred as this will result in increased flow of traffic.
[Zambia Daily Mail]