PATRIOTIC Front (PF) cadres in Chingola have condemned the police action for disrupting a peaceful protest over illegal land allocation and bad system of engaging citizens to work for AVIC contractors who has been contracted to do road development on the Copperbelt Province.
PF Youth Development Leader Moses Mushinka said the police who were inriot gear rounded and arrested 50 cadres who were heading to meet the District Commissioner (DC) Mary Chibesa after they failed to meet the Chingola mayor Titus Tembo who refused to address them over thematters they had been demanding.
Mr Mushinka wondered why the Mayor was failing to respond to various concerned tabled before him such as illegal land allocations and the position of engaging citizens to work
for AVIC contractor on road development.
“We wanted to know why the mayor has hijacked the powers of employing people who should work for AVIC contractors instead of the contractor themselves to employee and also to know why he has allowed illegal land allocation behind Chikola Secondary School” Mr Mushinka said.
He said for several times PF members had attempted to meet the Civic leaders and the Member of Parliament (MP) Matthews Nkuwa over the illegal land allocation and employment of youths and women empowerment, but were advised by the MP to table the matter with the Mayor who is the custodian of land allocations.
Mr Mushinka said the Mayor refused to attend to any meetings organized by the PF members whenever he was called to address them over the pressing issues which angered the people and resolved to stage a protest at the Civic center so that they could be addressed by him.
He said the Mayor refused to address the cadres who flogged to the Civic center in the morning on Tuesday and commanded the police to arrest the cadres who were protesting over illegal land allocation and employment.
“As PF members in Chingola we are calling upon the Minister of Lands madam Jean Kapata to crossly monitor the Chingola Municipal Council on the issuing of illegal land allocation because it has gone rampant” said Mr Mushinka.
Provincial Youth Chairperson Nathan Chanda who is also a Luanshya mayor travelled to Chingola to console with the police to release the 50 PF members who were arrested and were released later in the evening same day.
And Chingola PF Youth Secretary Gift Siwale said the youth in the district want employment and they should be engaged by the appropriator of AVIC contactors than the Mayor to hijack the employment power.
Mr Siwale said councilors should work together with the part officials in the district in the area of land allocation than misleading people to offer them illegal plots.
“We also calling upon Ant Corruption Commission (ACC) to come and investigate the issue of illegal land allocation in Chingola before things get out of hands” said Mr Siwale.