The Ndola City Council has been instructed by the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection to stop all activity including the erection of structures in close proximity to water bodies.
Following up on a letter addressed to Town Clerks, Ndola and Kitwe dated 5th June, 2019 that instructed the Council and relevant institutions to cancel or withdraw all titles and offer letters issued in close proximity to said water bodies as well as ensure all erected structures are removed, Water Development Permanent Secretary Dr. Ed Chomba today visited the Council for an update.
In a meeting with Ndola City Council, Ministry of Lands, Kafubu Water and Water Resources Management Bishop Chomba called for stringent action on the encroached land noting that the growing trend by a number of people developing residential and business properties in close proximity to banks of various water bodies would cause them to dry up or pollute them through the discharge of untreated sewage.
Dr. Chomba observed that if people along the banks had legal papers responsible officers who authorized the procurement of such papers need to be charged even if they may have left government or have been transferred.
He said inaction from all relevant authorities is not only an abrogation of the law but a danger to human life in view of contamination as well as Climate Change.
Dr. Chomba said as rain Season close approached Ndola and the rest of Zambia risked recording more Cholera case if the vices are not stopped.
He went on to challenge that if occupants claimed to have ‘title’ they should show their building permits and whether planning permission was granted.
And in response Ndola Mayor Amon Chisenga revealed that people building were given a 28 day ultimatum to provide not only offer letters/title deeds but also building permission.
Dr. Chomba also pointed out that the gardening also along the Kafubu River needed to be looked into before embarking on a tour of the aforementioned places.
This is according to a statement issued to the media by Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza.