POLICE PURSUE ILLEGAL LAND GRABBERS

ILLEGAL land grabbers in Lusaka have fled their homes following a Police manhunt launched to curb the illicit land allocation.

And the Taskforce on illegal land allocation and acquisition chairperson Panji Kaunda has said he was disappointed with the behaviour of some PF cadres in Lusaka’s Matero Township who had continued to terrorise people who owned land and has implored the police to curb escalating levels of illegal land sale.

Lusaka Province Police commissioner Nelson Phiri told the Daily Nation yesterday that police officers on Tuesday night swung into action and pursued the culprits in their homes but did not find any as they had fled.

He said Police had launched a man-hunt for the notorious gang allegedly led by a Matero Patriotic Front (PF) official for its alleged illegal involvement in land allocation.

Mr. Phiri said police would continue to pursue the members of the notorious gang until they were brought to book so that they could answer to charges levelled against them. He said this after Colonel Kaunda visited Lusaka’s Buseko market in the company Mr. Phiri, Matero police station Officer in Charge Olipa Siabwanta and senior officers from the Ministry of Land on Tuesday where cadres demarcated plot numbers 137 and 27009 belonging to local businessman Tenthani Mwanza and the Timber and Grass Co-operative where illegal developers were found digging foundations with a view to start building.

“Police officers followed up the cadres in their homes on Tuesday night but could not find any of them. It looks like they fled their homes before police went to arrested them but we will continue pursuing them until they are arrested. For now, none of them has been arrested,” Mr. Phiri said.

And Col. Kaunda said the taskforce was disappointed with the behaviour of some cadres who were involved in illegal activities in the area. He said Government would wait for the police to do its job by arresting those who were causing mayhem.

Col. Kaunda said he was aware that some PF cadres were behind the illegal activities in Matero.

Meanwhile, PF provincial youth secretary Kennedy Kamba said there was need to conduct investigations over the same piece of land because those who claimed ownership had disregarded the fact that there was a provision for a road.

Mr. Kamba said he had told the youths to vacate the area until the Ministry of Land provided the maps for the land to ascertain the boundaries.

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