The Solwezi Municipal Council is next month expected to repossess all undeveloped plots in the district.
Assistant Public Relations Manager Esther Chirwa said effective October 17th 2018, the local authority will repossess all plots without offer letters, those not registered, as well as plots that have not been paid for by the owners.
In a statement availed to ZANIS in Solwezi today, Ms Chirwa said the repossessed plots will be recommended to other persons for offer and titling.
She warned that the council will also demolish buildings and structures that have been built without permission from the planning authority in line with section 49 of the urban and Regional act No. 3 of 2015.
Ms Chirwa said it is only after the issuance of the offer letter granted by the council that a developer should commence construction.
She said the move is also in line with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources circular no. 1 of 1985 part B No. vii, which prohibits the council from permitting any intending developer to occupy any stand until they have first received the letter of offer, paid lease fees and obtained permission from the planning authority.
And Ms Chirwa has since appealed to residents with plots that have no certificate of title to process and submit for onward council recommendations to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for allocation and issuance of certificates of title.
And speaking in an interview with ZANIS today, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), North-western province Coordinator, John Kalusa said many people are un-informed about the process involving obtaining land titles.
Mr Kalusa said the procedure used to obtain certificate of title is lengthy and involves payment of fees such as survey fees which are not cheap.
He noted that it is only when people are informed about the right procedure of obtaining certificates of title, can one know the importance of having title deeds.