Inter-ministerial Taskforce sad case – Green Party

Opposition Green Party president Peter Sinkamba says the planned establishment of an inter-ministerial Taskforce to deal with the rampant illegal allocation of land is a waste of time and an abuse of public resources because it will not yield the desirable results.

Mr Sinkamba said the Taskforce will not achieve anything because the people involved in illegal land allocation were PF cadres and councilors who could not be arrested by police or any law enforcement agencies.

He was reacting to recent government’s decision to establish an inter-ministerial Taskforce to deal with law breakers in land allocation and acquisition following the rampant illegal land activities in some parts of Zambia.

Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula warned perpetrators of the illegal land allocation of stern action once found breaking the law.

But, Mr Sinkamba said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that it did not make sense to establish a Taskforce to deal with illegal allocation of land when the law has always been there to deal with culprits.

“So, as Green Party, we don’t believe that the Taskforce to check the rampant illegal allocation of land will make any serious impact because those involved are PF cadres and councillors who are above the law. We think it does not make sense to form a Task when laws are there to deal with culprits,

“The law has always been there to deal with culprits in illegal land allocation and the police have always been informed of those involved in illegal allocation of land, but no action has been taken against the law breakers,” Mr Sinkamba said.

And on the suspension of Kitwe’s Mindolo ward councilor Faustino Mwape after he was allegedly implicated in illegal sale of land in Mindolo North, Mr Sinkamba said the suspension was not punitive enough. He said he should have been handed over to law enforcement agencies for action .

“The suspension is not punitive enough, I think Mr Mwape should have been handed over to police or any other law enforcement agencies for action to serve as a warning to would-be offenders,” he said.

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