Kitwe council corruption irks President

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has refused to be bestowed with the honor of the Freeman of the City of Kitwe because the local authority has been perpetrating rampant corruption in the way it has been allocating plots, Local Government Minister Stephen Kampyongo has said.

And Ms Kampyongo has urged the Zambia Police to be pro-active and firm in dealing with issues of forgery in the allocation of land so that culprits were brought to book to face the wrath of the law.

Mr Kampyongo said President Lungu has refused to be bestowed with the honour of the Freeman of the City of Kitwe because he would not like to be associated with the rampant corruption being perpetrated by the local authority in the allocation of land.

He said yesterday during a meeting with councillors and members of the public at the Kitwe Civic Centre that President Lungu would only agree to be bestowed with the honour of the Freeman of the City of Kitwe if the mess of corruption in the illegal allocation of land was dealt with.

“Reports of corruption in the allocation of land have reached my office, they have even reached President Lungu and he knows a lot of things. This is why he has refused to be bestowed with the honour of the Freeman of the City of Kitwe because he doesn’t want to be associated with the corruption at this council.

“I have tried to convince him to accept the honour of the Freeman of the City of Kitwe but he has refused because of corruption at this council. So my coming here is one step towards cleaning up the mess of corruption which is here.

‘‘For you councillors who have been mentioned in the illegal allocation of land, your days are numbered,” Mr Kampyongo said.

During the meeting, some senior civil officials were implicated in the illegal allocation of land.

And Mr Kampyongo urged the Zambia Police to be pro-active and firm in dealing with issues of forgery in the illegal allocation of land.  The Local government minister was speaking while displaying a forged document showing one plot which was given to three people with a forged council logo.

Mr Kampyongo, who was accompanied by Deputy Home Affairs Minister Colonel Panji Kaunda, said an inter-ministerial task force had been put in place to deal with issues relating to corruption, forgery and other illegal issues in the allocation of land.

He said the inter-ministerial task force chaired by Col. Kaunda was composed of the Ministry of Lands, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Local Government.

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