Illegal Ndola allocation dismays Veep

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Vice President Inonge Wina arrives at Mongu Airport for the funeral and burial procession of His Royal Highness the late Chief Lukama Meebelo Sekeld of Sioma and Shangombo Districts in Western Province
FILE: Vice President Inonge Wina arrives at Mongu Airport for the funeral and burial procession of His Royal Highness the late Chief Lukama Meebelo Sekeld of Sioma and Shangombo Districts in Western Province

Vice President Inonge Wina has expressed disappointment at the illegal land allocation in Ndola along the Kafubu river banks and the reserved land for the construction of a car park at Levy Mwanawasa stadium.

Mrs. Wina, who arrived in Ndola this morning, inspected the two pieces of land in question and wondered why people went ahead to construct houses on illegal land.

She said it was sad that people have built their property with impunity even after relevant authorities warned about the illegality of the land.
The Vice President also wondered why the Ndola City Council has not taken any action to stop people from constructing houses knowing fully well that both areas were not designated for residential houses.
She noted that illegal land allocation was not just taking place in Ndola alone but also in other parts of the country.
Mrs. Wina said this has also become a source of concern to President Edgar Lungu and his government.
She strongly warned that government will not tolerate such levels of indiscipline in all the councils adding that it was working hard to instil sanity to land allocation in the country.

Meanwhile, the Vice President has urged Patriotic Front (PF) party officials in the Copperbelt province to work in unity and have tolerance towards one another.

This follows the squabbles that took place between two party factions that hold different opinions over land matters in Ndola before Mrs. Wina’s arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airport in Ndola today.

Mrs. Wina, who held a closed door meeting with party officials later after inspecting the two pieces of land in question, said she was confident that the party in the province will grow stronger than ever.

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      Bufi, your government controls all the councils on the copper belt so what is surprising about this all thing, Just say your PF thugs are ruining the show with a very U;seless man in EL PF thugs are free to do as they please.

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      But how do you as VEEP just keep yapping? Who issued the plots punish both the people that are building with impunity and those that are behind selling of the same. Stop that mere talk of why this why that act man! You are in charge for fcuk sake!

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      She took plane to Ndola just to stop a fight between
      MMD’ die-hard Lusambo vs 100% PF?
      This next president amazed me.

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      It is really sad in a land we have claimed to be a christian nation yet what we do is against the law. The law is really disrespected by people with political connection.

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      How many warnings are you people going to give out? No one cares or fears empty warnings. You have to ACT. I’m sorry but you’ll seem to have no clue on how to run a government. You’re just ALL TALK but NO ACTION. The only way people respect the law is when it’s enforced. Mere empty warnings are just that. Empty. You have a responsibility as a government to control the way real estate is carried out in the country. As a government, you have a responsibility to protect Zambia’s natural resources, by setting clear laws. Start by firing the Minister of Land if that’s the guy that’s responsible for land allocations. The land issue in Zambia is one area where there’s incredible chaos, disorderliness, total confusion, lack of clear regulations, lack of enforcement of laws, and immense…

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      (Continued)… corruption. What the heck is wrong with you leaders in PF? Please pay attention to land. That’s why even foreigners are just coming in to do whatever they want with land in Zambia, because they know no one will hold them accountable. If someone builds a house on land obtained illegally, the house should be razed to the ground at owner’s expense. And the one who allocated the land illegally to them fired and arrested, and then jail time. That’s how you control people. They listen to ACTION and not just empty warnings or threats. That’s what happens in developed countries. You break the law, you going to jail. It’s automatic. That’s why they’re orderly and developed. They have respect for the rule of law.

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      I believe people were given that Land and they have papers, if you are in Zambia you can agree that council workers are irritating more especially when you follow procedure.. i payed for land in 2011 in solwezi but up to now they have not showed me the land i bought. now if they show me the next thing will be to approve my structural drawing witch will take 5 years again.. is it fair?

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      Bo Inonge – please start demolishing all illegal structures on illegal land, not just lamenting! Now that the Veep knows, what is she doing about it?!

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      The council workers are the most corrupt people, They also steal land from people in the name of the Government. Its a shame and should be stopped.

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    AnyokoOO .. Yes those two businessmen would have pushed Zed ahead cos they wanted to work for the betterment of the country without draining a salary from gvt coffer during their 5yr tenure.

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      Dismayed, deplored, regrets, condemns, denounces…….

      Grandma, you are drawing a HUGE SALARY and MASSIVE ALLOWANCES paid by very, very poor taxpayers. They expect you to DO SOMETHING to earn that salary. Not just to make statements about how terrible the problem is!

      If you are too old and too senile to DO THE JOB YOU ARE BEING PAID TO DO, at least do the “honorable” thing and RESIGN!

      Waiting until you are kicked out in disgrace is not good for you, your reputation or your family, and is an insult to the Zambian people that expected you to do what you promised.

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    This Grandma is either is just plain sleepy and ignorant or simply lying through her teeth … everyone knows where to go if one wants a plot!!

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    These are the arguments we have been putting forward for sometime now.
    Under P.F, law & order has totally collapsed, corruption & lawlessness has been embraced as the norm, coz P.F, is corrupt & rotten to the core, & this corruption & lawlessness starts right from the top @ Plot 1 Nkhwazi House.
    I seriously wonder why this V.P who’s only fit for an Old peoples home is acting surprised?? Could be she’s dementing due to her age, or she’s just another visionless Cadre drawing a fat cheque from our nations coffers, & not offering value in return.
    ZAMBIA PASSED AWAY WHEN P.F CAME TO POWER.

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    there’s no statement to show that the land will be taken back & that their cadres who have illegally taken the land will be prosecuted. yet the violet PF is always quick to arrest innocent opposition leaders and journalists.

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    haha wonder why people are building on illegal land?how is it illegal if they paid for it,punish the people who allocated the land in question and not looking for an excuse to demolish homes people sunk their money into.

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    Lusaka Times as usual you are hiding something here ulenda ifishinka, to help Zambia its up to you I am sure you have whom you love.

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    You know people of God, it is very painful to see your home being demolished after struggling for the money 20 years saving, money get burned or thrown into the river.

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    The real culprits here are the council team, if they really know that the land is not legal why should they sell the land to people? If I were given chance to work with these id1ots as their boss I wud never take nonsense from these imbeciles. They are very stup1d indeed I know what am talking about.

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    Too many warnings with absolutely no action! Truly, there is lawlessness in Zambia. No one seems to control how resources are supposed to be managed. Charcoal burning continues and we still wonder why it is so hot, streams and rivers drying and no rain. Illegal land allocation continues unabated. The role of government is to ensure that law breakers are punished. This issue of normalising illegal settlements should not be condoned at all. There is a time for politics and a time for professionalism and seriousness.

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    THIS IS ONE BAD CULTURE WE HAVE TAKEN ON BOARD EVER SINCE PF TOOK OVER POWER (REMEMBER SATA’S WORDS – “LEAVE THE VENDORS ALONE, THEY VOTED FOR US”) THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE CURRENT LAWLESSNESS WE SEE. CAN SOMEONE CORRECT THE SITUATION BEFORE IT RUINS THIS COUNTRY

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    I would like to see the person behind the illegal sale and distribution of land be hanged in a market square. More peopl to lose houses trough demolitions, no ways. There must be someone in control, please !!

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    This is a big problem in Zambia. People just do not care about the law especially gov’t connected cadres. I have a PF cadre sitting in my store, from which she refuses to move, even pay for its use because she illegally built a patio addition to my family property! It bizarre, weird behaviour, you just don’t know where to begin! What’s happening? Is it a form of Poverty madness? The gov’t needs to act strongly against these criminals and any cadres should receive extra Jail time as they ought to know better than lower the image of their party and country.

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    The problem we have in Zambia is that, when real Zambians apply for the land, no response. especially to the poor people. the land in Zambia belongs to the rich people and foreigners. especially Congolese. go on the same claimed land, all you find are foreigners and rich people.what do you expect the poor Zambians to do? or is it possible for a Zambian to irrigally own land in Congo Dr and get spared? We are not serious as a country.

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    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH “LIE-DETECTOR” ABOVE:
    ALL THESE ILLEGALITIES ARE KNOWN AND PERTETRATED BY SENIOR COUNCIL OFFICIALS.
    ONE OF THE MAIN CULPRITS AT NDOLA CITY COUNCIL IS “PETER CHENI” DIRECTOR ADMIN; HE WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH HIS WIFE AND SISTER IN-LAW WHO IS A SECRETARY TO ONE OF THE DIRECTORS AT NDOLA CITY COUNCIL.
    CHENI SOLD 35 PLOTS AT MITENGO, DEMARCATED A SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD NEAR MASALA AREA AND ALL THE PROCEEDS FROM THESE SALES NEVER WENT TO COUNCIL COFFERS BUT INTO CHENI’S POCKETS. SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE ALL THIS INFORMATION BUT THEY ARE NOT ACTING ON IT STRICTLY. FIGHTING CORRUPTION SEEMS TO BE VERY SELECTIVE. I WISH SATA WAS STILL ALIVE TO DEAL WITH THIS NONSENSE HEAD ON.

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