Kafue Town Council Mayor Buumba Malambo has hailed the lifting of the three months suspension slapped on her council by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development over alleged illegal land administration.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Minister Gary Nkombo late last week lifted the suspension of Kafue Council with immediate effect.
Mr. Nkombo told journalists when announcing the lifting of the suspension that preliminary investigations into allegations against the local authority pointed to numerous irregularities in land administration in Kafue.
“Preliminary investigations were concluded on 4th February 2023. Findings of the preliminary investigations point to numerous irregularities in land administration including the following: double allocation of plots, lack of transparency in land administration as guided by circular no. 1 of 2015 which requires the issuance of plots to be publicly advertised. Findings of the preliminary investigations point to numerous irregularities in land administration including allocation of land without following procedure, use of unauthorised person to do layout plans and lack of database for land under the jurisdiction of the local authority,” Mr. Nkombo said.
In a facebook statement, Dr. Malambo said the three months lost on development during the suspension shall be covered by extreme hard-work starting now.
The charismatic leader saluted people that supported her and prayed for her when the council was shelved.
“The Hon. Minister of Local Government Mr Garry Nkombo lifted the 3 months suspension that was put on Kafue Town Council. He has since encouraged us to work hard and together for the benefit of the people of Kafue and I am here to assure the people of Kafue that the 3 months we lost on development shall be covered by extreme hard-work starting tomorrow Morning.I would like to say a huge thank you to my family, everyone who supports me, those who prayed for me and those who encouraged me may God alone elevate you. The Chair is Back,” Dr. Malambo stated.
She added that during the three months of suspension terrible things happened behind the scenes as some people started campaigning in Kafue and were telling citizens that there was going to be a By-Election in the town.
Dr. Malambo has since declared that she has come back stronger, wiser and dipped in the blood of Jesus.
“The flag is up, our God showing off. During the 3 months Suspension, a lot of horrible things happened behind the scenes, things I will share one day soon saw some people celebrating when the flag was removed from my official vehicle, I saw some people campaigning and telling people that there was going to be a By-Election in Kafue, in all this I kept quiet and went to my war room and from the altar of grace and mercy, I was drawing strength and sight. Today my Heavenly Father who is no respecter of man has lifted the fallen flag, lifted me from the mud and brought back everything that was lost. The grace of God is sufficient. I have come back stronger, wiser and dipped in the blood of Jesus. Today I pray that God will bring back everything that was lost in your life double,” Dr. Malambo said.
Last October, ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres in Kafue District staged a protest to advocate the removal of charismatic town Mayor Buumba Malambo.
The UPND cadres had accused Dr. Malambo and other people of illegally allocating land in Kafue Town.
They alleged that Dr. Malambo’s and his unscrupulous people have gone to the extent of demarcating land owned by private individuals as farms.
The cadres, mostly women clad in UPND regalia, chanted ati-Malambo slogans and said they don’t want the Kafue Mayor anymore.
“They are going into people’s farms to demarcate land. We aren’t afraid to speak out on these issues. They went to get people’s NRCs who are now crying just because they are PF lawyers. We don’t want bogus lawyers. We are going to die for our party. We don’t want to embarrass our President (Hakainde Hichilema). The President has vowed that he doesn’t want corruption. We removed the PF from power because of plot allocation illegality. It seems they stood on our UPND ticket with bad intentions. We don’t want that here in Kafue. Kelly out, Buumba out,” said a woman at the Council Offices in Kafue.
“Council isn’t a family affair. Suspend Kelly Buumba Malambo,” read some placards carried by protestors.
Meanwhile, Dr. Malambo at the time of protests vowed not to resign as Mayor.