Councillors involved in corruption and illegal allocation of land are like a ‘cancer’ on the local authority and should be removed to allow the local authority to operate in a smooth and transparent manner to gain and hold the confidence of the public, Local Government Minister Stephen Kampyongo has said.
And Kitwe Mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe had a difficult time to explain to the Local Government Minister why the council had allocated a piece of land to a Chinese investor on the land belonging to Nkana Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) Treatment plant on 17th Avenue in Nkana East Residential area
Mr Kampyongo said corruption in the allocation of land had become rampant among councillors and so it was imperative that stern action was taken against civic leaders found to be involved in the vice.
He was speaking yesterday in Kalulushi when he met councillors during his on-going tour of some Copper belt councils where he has received numerous reports of corruption and illegal allocation involving some civic leaders.
“I have received reports about you being involved in corruption and illegal allocation of land, hence I decided to come and talk to you. I will also talk to members of the public who have issues with some of you councillors over the illegal allocation of land.
“It is really sad that your actions as councillors have created a lot of suspicious among members of the public. I can tell you that those councillors who are involved in the illegal sale of land are like a cancer on the council. If the cancer gets worse, the doctor prescribes for a leg or hand to be cut. So some of you councillors you may be cut-off,” Mr Kampyongo said.
And Mr Sinyangwe had a difficult time to explain why the council had allocated a piece of land to a Chinese investor on the land belonging to NWSC Treatment plant.
Mr Kampyongo asked the Kitwe Mayor why the council had allowed the Chinese company called Sun-rain Purified Constructions to encroach on the land but the Mayor said he would summon the investor.
But, the minister said it was not the issue of summoning the Chinese Investor, but why the local authority allow the Chinese investor to encroach on the NWSC Treatment plant?
After the Mayor failed to explain, the minister ordered that the construction works being done by the Chinese investor on the NWSC Treatment Plant be stopped.