Five directors at the Livingstone City Council have been suspended pending investigations in the infamous illegal land transactions, newly appointed Local Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kampyongo announced yesterday
The five directors received their suspension letters on Friday afternoon after they were implicated in the illegal land transactions.
The recommendation to suspend the senior council staff was handed over in a report to the Ministry of Local Government by the Adhoc committee which was set up to investigate the illegal land allocation involving impeached Livinstone mayor Milford Maambo.
Among the directors is former acting town clerk and Public health director Chanda Chabala.
Mr Kampyongo also announced the suspension of all land related activities, such as sale and allocation, at the Livingstone City Council.
He said Government had halted the planned elections for Livingstone mayor following the removal from the office of the incumbent Mr Maambo.
Speaking when he addressed councillors and management in the council chamber, Mr Kampyongo said that all land transactions must stop until investigation in the illegal land allocation at the local authority were concluded.
Mr Kampyongo said, it was inappropriate for the Livingstone local authority to continue transacting in land when there was a contentious issue involving land allocation.
He warned that anyone who would engage in land activities defying his directive would be dealt with severely.
Mr Kampyongo however spared the council from an indefinite suspension but instructed councillors to cleanse themselves.
“Contrary to people’s expectation and residents of Livingstone, I will not suspend the council because I expect you councillors and the council staff to conduct yourselves in the right manner.
This council deserves a chance especially that there is an investigation which is currently under way by the Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said.
And Mr Kampyongo has halted the planned elections for a new mayor for Livingstone following the removal from the office of Mr Maambo.
He said he could not set the date for the mayoral election because there were still some investigations on the council.
Mr Kampyongo said he was cautious that some of the councillors who wanted to vie for the position of mayor might be found wanting in the illegal land allocation and could result in another election.