THE Kitwe City Council (KCC) on Thursday afternoon swung into action and demolished an illegal structure on the land belonging to the Nkana Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) treatment plant on 17th Avenue in Nkana East residential area.
The demolished illegal structure belonged to a Chinese investor who owns Sun-rain Purified Constructions which specialized in making pavers, concrete culvets, blocks and other constructions products.
It was believed that the land was illegally sold to a Chinese investor by some senior civic leaders and politicians.
The demolition was carried out soon after Local government Minister Stephen Kampyongo issued an order that the construction works should be stopped because the land belonged to NWSC treatment plant which planned to expand the plant to improve the service delivery.
Council assistant public relations manager Donna Mbalwe confirmed the demolition, saying the council action followed an order from Mr Kampyongo.
“I can confirm that the council has demolished an illegal structure behind the NWSC) Treatment plant located on 17th Avenue in Nkana East Residential area because it was an encroachment on the infrastructure of the water utility company,
“The demolition was carried out following an order from the Minister of Local government. Honourable Kampyongo,” Ms Mbalwe said.
The three Chinese nationals found at the site could not talk to the press because they could not speak English and there was no interpreter.
The order by Mr Kampyongo to halt the construction works was the second one after the first one from the former Local government Minister John Phiri was ignored by the civic leaders at the Kitwe City Council.