Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo has announced the suspension of Kitwe, Ndola and Livingstone City Councils in order to pay pave way for investigations in illegal land allocations.
In a statement released to the media, the Minister said that his recent tour of selected Councils has reviewed rampant illegal land allocation perpetuated by some of the elected Councilors and Officers from the Councils.
The Minister further added that the act of illegal land allocation has resulted in members of the public losing confidence in the three local authorities, a situation that Government cannot allow to continue unabated.
Below is the full statement
PRESS STATEMENT BY HON. STEPHEN KAMPYONGO, MP, MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING ON THE SUSPENSION OF KITWE, NDOLA AND LIVINGSTONE CITY COUNCILS
Members of the Press
My recent tour of selected Councils has reviewed rampant illegal land allocation perpetuated by some of the elected Councilors and Officers from the Councils. The act of illegal land allocation has resulted in members of the public loose confidence in selected local authorities, a situation that Government cannot allow to continue unabated.
Members of the Press
In-line with section 88 of the Local Government Act Cap 281 of the Laws of Zambia, I have decided to suspend the following Councils:
i. Livingstone City Council
ii. Ndola City Council, and
iii. Kitwe City Council
To pave way for investigations in illegal land allocations. The three cities were supposed to lead by example not only by conduct of Councilors and officers but in service delivery and adherence to laid down procedures on land allocation.
Further, I have appointed Mr. Chazya Musukuma a Public Officer to be the Local Government Administrator for Ndola and Kitwe City Councils and I have also appointed Charlston Hamulyata to be the Local Government Administrator for Livingstone City Council.
The appointment of the two Administrators is for an initial ninety (90) days and will discharge all the functions of the Council until such a time that the investigations instituted are concluded.
I will be signing the Statutory Instruments suspending the respective City Councils and appointing the Local Government Administrators of the said Councils. Accordingly the Statutory Instruments will be published in the Government Gazette.
The Patriotic Front Government will not tolerate any misconduct from either the councilors or Council officers in service delivery process. It is this type of illegality and abuse of office that has over the years led to the poor performance of Local Authorities. I want to urge all Councils; I mean all Councils and Council Officers without exception, that the PF Government will not lapse over the fight of illegal land allocation.
My Ministry’s reactions to such illegal practices and underperformance by officers shall be firm. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and so those involved in these illegalities must prepare themselves against this fight. There will be no sacred cows in the fight against any evil vices such as illegal land allocation, corruption, abuse of office, laziness or direct theft of council resources.
The suspension of Livingstone, Ndola, and Kitwe City Councils must serve as a lesson to all those Councils and Senior Officers involved in illegality and my timely advice to them is that the long-arm of the Law will eventually visit them, no matter how long it takes.
I want to encourage all the Councilors and Council Officers to comply with the provisions of the law in the running of the affairs of Councils. My Ministry will not condone any departure from the accepted norms, practices and procedures in the management of Local Authorities.
It has also come to my attention that Principal Officers leave their station without permission from the Controlling Officer at the expense of service provision, this must come to an end.
Let me take this opportunity to warn the Officers at the said Councils and other Councils that I will not condone any indiscipline of any kind. The conduct of any officer must be exemplary both at work and outside work as it has direct impact on the performance of Councils. I urge the Councilors and Officers in the affected Councils to cooperate with the Administrators appointed and the Investigative Wings of Government.
I thank you.