Local Government Minister Stephan Kampyongo says he did not instruct the Kitwe City Council to demolish the houses in Mufuchani area in Kitwe.
Speaking when he featured on radio Phonix’s Let the People Talk radio program Mr Kampyongo wondered how he could issue a directive to demolish houses in just one area when illegal buildings had been constructed in other areas.
He accused some officials within the local authority of trying to use his name to clean the mess they created by themselves.
The Minister explained that the only instructions he left was that the local authority should take care of existing interest and for those who had just started to construct houses on illegal land to be stopped.
He wondered why councils continue to let people construct when it is better to stop them before they start constructing than demolishing after people had finished.
“If I was going to order demolishing of houses thousands would have been demolished. I would have started at Kafubu because all those houses built there are illegal structures. Here, there are illegal structures in Kamfinsa why would I just order the demolition in just one area, moreover I was sorting out the same problem with people of Mindolo why would I create another problem again,” he said.
Kitwe City Council 2 weeks ago swung into action and demolished over 10 houses which were built on illegal land in Mufuchani along the Kafue river.
Meanwhile the Minister has distanced himself from the Nkana Play Park land saga.
Commenting on the developer who claims to have been given title to the Play Park,Mr Kampyongo said he will not be part of the development which disadvantages local people.
He said Col. Panji Kaunda who is in the Copperbelt will be able to look into the matter and clarify the issues with the local authorities.
If something is illegal then it is illegal….
There we Go , ANOTHER APOLOGY from the PamaFi!!!!!!
We are counting how many times the APOLOGISE before 11/8/2016!
It all started with “ChamaChakomboka”, APOLOGISING FOR ALL THINGS PERCEIVED TO HAVE HURT OR INSULTED ALL ZAMBIANS!!! What they HAVEN’T APOLOGISED FOR YET are the following:
1] DESTROYING THE ECONOMY
2] MAKING A MOCKERY OF GBV BY PARDONING KANENE
3] PUTTING US ALL AT RISK OF MAIZE SHORTAGES THIS ELECTION YEAR
4] NOT REDUCING PRICE OF FUEL WHEN THE WORLD OVER PRICES HAVE CRASHED & CONTINUE DOING SO!!!
Actually “KAPYANGA or KAPYONGO” whatever, HASN’T APOLOGISED EXCEPT he is TRYING TO RUN AWAY FROM RESPONSIBILITY!!!!
Anyway, what do you expect in a country where levels of literacy are so low, such that when one barks orders – IT IS ALL LOST IN TRANSLATION!!!!!
If I were you Mr. Minister, I would just keep quiet! Now those illegal settlers will take it that they can continue building on illegally acquired land!
But he directed ba LT can you please find the verbatim or records where he directed
Comment: Mr Minister, i remember after the Livingstone saga, you issued a statement that you had taken audit of all illegal structures in the country and that they will be demolished. But Kudos to you for suspending the erring councilors. That is the way to go.
you will also do us good if you would extend your investigations to clubs like:
kitwe little theatre etc.
you will find out that a few individuals have sold these public properties to individuals with the approval of the council. how shameful.
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