Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has said that Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo did not direct the council to demolish people’s houses.
Commenting on the houses demolished, the minister said that Government was saddened by the demolition of houses in Kitwe’s Mufuchani area by the Kitwe City Council.
“It must be noted that at no point did the Hon. Minister of Local Government and Housing direct the council to demolish people’s houses but to stop any further construction of structures in the area,”he said.
“What is even more regrettable is that the council took this action in the middle of the rainy season.This action is not only unacceptable but inhuman and demeaning to the affected families,”he said.
He said Government was aware of the rampant illegal land allocation by some council officials at Kitwe City Council and will not allow such desperate attempts to cover-up their illegal dealings.
Mr Kambwili said that during his visit to the City, Local Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kampyongo discovered that the council had been allocating land in the area illegally.
He said Government directive to the Kitwe City Council to immediately find accommodation for the affected families as the local authority looks for alternative land for the people.