MORE than 1 000 people mostly residents of Ichimpi farming had yesterday morning protested at Kalulushi civic centre,demanding explanation from the council why the piece of land they had acquired residential plots from had been now allocated to a Chinese firm.
The people whose most of them were women said the Ichimpi land was degazetted in the MMD government and later this year the Kalulushi Municipal Council had a meeting and allowed them to acquire plots.
One resident Mrs Suzen Katunasa said she had stayed in that area over 20 years.
“I started staying there before 1991. I have a farm and a plot, so we want to know where the council will take us if they give it to Chinese,”she said.
But Kalulushi Public Relation Manager Beauty Undi said those people had illegally acquired plots, because the land in question had no Statutory Instrument from the Ministry of Lands.
She alleged that it was a named councillor who had been allocating them plots, adding that he was asking K500 for each plot.
“We know that these people got plots illegally. We know that a certain area councilor charged them K500 and to some extent K20 for a plot,”Ms Undi said.
She also explained that the plot where Chines company is building is not the same land, as that one for Chinese company is in Kalulushi area under plot title Number 1884.
She stressed that her council will not tolarate any illegality in terms of land allocation.