Lands officials in Chongwe land scandal

POLICE in Lusaka have failed to arrest some senior officials at the Ministry of Lands who are selling land illegally in some parts of Lusaka and Chongwe’s Silverest areas.
The officials are issuing duplicate title deeds in a scam in which Government has lost millions of Kwacha.
One of the affected land owners in Silverest area in Chongwe district, Henry Mutiti, complained that officers at the Ministry of Lands were even producing alleged forged title deeds on land belonging to other people.
Mr Mutiti said he first reported his matter to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 29th January 2015 but the commission referred the matter to the Joint Government Investigating Team for fraud, forgery, theft and other criminal related offences.
According to privileged information gathered by the Daily Nation, some officials at the Ministry of Lands and commissioner’s office were conniving with some Lusaka businessmen to grab land and resale without following procedure.
Mr. Mutiti explained that he got his land after government advertised and interviewed him and others who had been shortlisted for the offer of land in 2010.
He said in 2011 he was offered land by the Ministry of Lands where the consideration fee was K3,221,954 (unrebased) adding that he was further advised to finalize with the Chongwe Council where he paid K2,500, 000 (unrebased) as service charges for the land.
He explained that there was no way the Ministry of Land could issue a title deed on his land, adding that plot number L23101/M belonged to him and not a Mr Emmanuel Silomba.
Mr. Mutiti said it was shocking that the Ministry of Lands had allowed illegal allocation of land while police efforts to arrest perpetrators have failed.

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