Houses demolition irks State


THE purported owner of the land where flats belonging to over 36 families were demolished on Wednesday night has been summoned by Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice President Steven Kampyongo.

And Government says it will provide shelter and food to affected families who were left in the cold after Tesno General Dealers demolished their houses.

Meanwhile, the Lusaka City Council has queried the procedure used to obtain the offer letter of the land and the title deeds in Chinika area along Mumbwa road.

Mr Kampyongo who visited the affected families in Chinika  after the demolition said the Patriotic Front government will not tolerate illegality in the acquisition of land.

He also directed the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands, the Lusaka City Council officers and the purported owner of the land in question to report at his office on Tuesday.

“I will not tolerate this kind of business, Government is dragged in this when only few individuals are benefiting. This is a country of laws and we have to abide by the law and justice has to prevail.

We need to look at the background of this structure because the council says it is not aware.

We would like to know how the ownership was changed” Mr Kampyongo said.

He assured the affected residents that Government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unity (DMMU) would provide shelter and food to the affected families.

And the Lusaka City Council director of legal affairs Mwape Moono has questioned the procedure used to acquire the land.

Mr. Moono said according to records on the land in question, the offer letter and the title deeds were issued on the same date.

According to the records, the offer letter and the title deeds were issued on the 11th of September 2011, nine days before the 2011 general election.

Mr Moono said it was not possible to acquire land in that manner.

Meanwhile affected family representative Chrispin Chandwe expressed happiness that Government had intervened.

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