Some farmers in Mufulira district on the Copperbelt Province have charged that the local authority is incompetent in addressing land disputes in the area.
Mukuba Farmers Representative Joseph Mwandira told the Justice Frederick Chomba led legal and justice sector reforms commission sitting in Mufulira that the council has failed to address land encroachment by invaders from Kitwe district.
Mr Mwandira said Mufulira Council has failed to discharge its municipal responsibilities and has been giving excuses as to why it is failing to resolve land issues.
He charged that the local authority has defied ministerial orders to resolve land disputes between Kitwe and Mufulira residents.
He said Minister of Local Government and Housing Steven Kampyongo when he was in the district with his deputy Panji Kaunda and Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge directed the local authority should address the illegal land dealings.
Mr Mwandira wondered why the council has failed to give them title deeds for farms it allocated to them 17 years ago.
He pointed out that farmers in the area have invested heavily and fear losing their investments and farm property.
However Justice Frederick Chomba urged farmers to engage the lands tribunal to help address their concerns over the land disputes.
And Commissioner Ernest Beele urged appropriate authorities in government to address the boundary issues between the neighbouring towns.