SUSPENDED Patriotic Front (PF) Bupe ward councillor John Chilupula has been apprehended and detained at Nkana East police station in Kitwe for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences in the illegal allocation of land.
Mr Chilupula becomes the second suspended councillor to be apprehended for alleged illegal allocation of land after Evans Nsokolo of Ndeke ward was arrested and detained at Wusakile police station.
Copperbelt police chief Charity Katanga confirmed the arrest of Mr Chilupula in an interview and said both councillors have not been charged but were still in police custody.
“I can confirm that Mr Chilupula has been apprehended and detained at Nkana East station for obtaining money by false pretences arising from illegal allocation of land. We also have Nsokolo who was arrested last week on 23rd January for illegal sale of land.
“Both of them are detained in police custody. They have not been charged with anything because the police are still carrying out investigations,’’ Ms Katanga said.
The arrest of the two civic leaders follows the suspension of the Kitwe City Council (KCC) by Local Government and Housing minister Stephen Kampyongo over alleged massive involvement in the illegal sale of land where some Kitwe residents have been swindled out of thousands of Kwacha by some councillors.
And some suspended councillors are reported to have gone into hiding after an instruction by Deputy Home Affairs Minister Panji Kaunda to arrest those involved in the illegal sale of land, forgery and obtaining money by false pretences.
On January 6, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo told councillors at the Kitwe City Council that President Edgar Lungu had refused to be bestowed with the honour of the Freeman of the City of Kitwe because the local authority had been perpetrating rampant corruption in the way it had been allocating plots in the city.
At the same meeting, Mr Kampyongo urged the police to be pro-active and firm in dealing with issues of corruption in the allocation of land so that culprits were brought to face the wrath of the law.