Erected tents at Helen Kaunda Secondary School grounds for the homeless Mindolo North squatters whose houses where demolished
Erected tents
at Helen Kaunda Secondary School grounds for the homeless Mindolo
North squatters whose houses where demolished

Mindolo North squatters in Kitwe whose houses were demolished by the Kitwe City Council (KCC) recently have thanked Government for providing them with temporal shelter.

Speaking on behalf of the other squatters, Paulina Kapatiso commended government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit for erecting tents for them.

Ms Kapatiso said the squatters were happy to sleep in the tents unlike sleeping in the cold, a situation they were subjected to when their houses were demolished.

ZANIS reports the displaced settler said this in an interview, in Kitwe District , yesterday.

Over 287 families have been given tents although there are some people at the who have not been given tents yet and were still sleeping in the cold besides the tents.

However , Ms Kapatiso expressed concern that children were not able to go to school due to the long distance to Mindolo primary school where most of the children attend lessons.

And another affected squatter, James Katanga appealed on government through the council to find alternative land for them where they can construct houses permanently.

Mr Katanga said the squatters were faced with numerous challenges such as transport for school going children and inadequate lavatory facilities which he said were not conducive for children.

A combined team of Kitwe City Council and State police recently demolished more than 600 houses in Mindolo North which were allegedly built on land belonging to Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) and Phoenix materials.

However, the Disaster Management Mitigating Unit (DMMU) under the Vice President’s office offered humanitarian aid to those affected by the demolition exercise by putting up tents at Helen Kaunda Secondary School grounds.

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  1. is this squatter normal i wonder?what is there to thank the government for?i pray her fellow squatters shouldnt teach her a lesson

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    • @HUMANITY, IF YOU TRULY LIVE IN BOTSWANA THEN YOUR COMMENT IS WITH IMPUNITY BECAUSE IN BOTSWANA NO CITIZEN OR JUST ANY RESIDENT CAN ISSUE OR ACQUIRE ILLEGAL LAND. ITS UN HEARD OF. EVEN YOURSELF WHILE YOU LIVE IN BOTSWANA THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN DO ANYTHING STVPID OTHERWISE THE LAW WILL BRING YOU WHERE YOU BELONG- JAILED OR DEPORTED OR BOTH.

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  2. YOU SHOULD ALSO THANK THE GOVERNMENT NOT ONLY FOR ERECTING TENTS BUT FOR TEACHING YOU A PRACTICALLY GOOD LESSON. AND I URGE THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND THIS LESSON THROUGH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO OTHER COUNCILS. LET THERE BE LAW AND SANITY IN ZAMBIA. CONGRATULATIONS KITWE COUNCIL FOR YOUR BOLD DECISION TO RAZE THOSE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES. I ALSO URGE OTHER POTENTIAL ILLEGAL LAND OWNERS TO TAKE A LEAF FROM THE MINDOLO SITUATION. AND PLEASE, STERNLY PUNISH THOSE WHO ISSUE LAND TO RESIDENTS ILLEGALLY- ESPECIALLY PF COUNCILLORS AND PF CIVIL SERVANTS TO SHOW THAT IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE ONE BELONGS TO, A CRIME IS A CRIME.

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  3. @peter where was the government when all these structures were built?i agree with you the problems we have is that in zambia, politics and governance are married a total rubbish,when we change ruling parties governance also changes i mean maybe an mmd or pf councillor gave those pipo the plots and you ask yourself where is the ministry of lands or indeed the council to allocate plots if such things happen.

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  4. This measure is more expensive than ensuring that no people do not squat on other people’s land. The inaction combined with corruption at Kitwe city council and other councils in the country are (i) costing tax payers a lot of money, and (ii) making children and other innocent vulnerable people dependent on squatters suffer greatly.

    Kudos should go to UPND/HH and others who took immediate action to alleviate suffering there while the DMMU was still sleeping waiting for politicians to OK the action. The paranoia of the opposition especially UPND has led to this quick action by politicians in the ruling party. But of course since Copperbelt residents hate HH to the extent of wanting to harm him cannot even mention his gesture. God will judge.

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    • why is it important to want to look at everything with a political eye? how do you ensure no people settle in a land when the said action happened in the other government? in the words of the late great Mwanawasa ..’ don’t even sympathise with the Maziopa residents’

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  5. What is wrong is wrong.. illegal land is illegal land it doesnt matter which government. lets not encourage behaviour yabupuba. most people know much about the land they are buying , although they are acting ignorant now.

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  6. all those supporting demolitions must be those well connected to those corupt council officers. where do they give land in zambia openly apart frm thru coruption?

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