Probe minister, say councillors

 

Law enforcement agencies should investigate what role Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge played in the illegal sale of land near the Nkana Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) treatment plant in Nkana East residential area on 17th Avenue, some suspended councillors at the Kitwe City Council (KCC) have advised.

But Mr Musenge has laughed off the suggestion and has advised the suspended councillors to remain calm as they were being investigated by law enforcement agencies for illegal sale of land, obtaining money by false pretenses, forgery and other allegations.

The suspended councillors, who spoke on grounds of anonymity for fear of victimization by the Copperbelt minister, said law enforcement agencies should also investigate the role Mr Musenge played in the illegal sale of the land on the NWSC treatment plant.

They have accused the minister of instigating law enforcement agencies to investigate, arrest and detain councillors alleged to be involved in the illegal sale of land.

“We know that the Copperbelt minister is the one who is behind the arrest of councillors involved in the illegal sale of land. He is the one instigating law enforcement agencies to investigate, arrest and detain councillors involved in the illegal sale of land.

“Mr Musenge is setting law enforcement agencies on councillors, but he is forgetting that even he is involved in the illegal sale of land. So we also want the law enforcement agencies to investigate what role he played in the illegal sale of land near the NWSC treatment plant in Nkana East residential area on 17th Avenue,” one of the suspended Kitwe councillors said.

But Mr Musenge laughed off the allegations, and advised the suspended councillors to remain calm as they were being investigated by the law enforcement agencies.

Mr Musenge said the suspended councillors should not throw mud at him but cooperate with law enforcement agencies who were investigating them so that they could prove their innocence.

He said it was unfair for councillors to pile up allegations on him, especially allegations that he was setting law enforcement agencies on the civic leaders when the issue was being spearheaded by deputy Home Affairs minister Panji Kaunda.

Colonel Kaunda is the chairperson of the task force on illegal land allocation.

“It is not me who is setting the law enforcement agencies on councillors, but the whole programme is being spearheaded by Colonel Panji Kaunda who is deputy Home Affairs minister. These councillors are just being unfair to me, they should remain calm and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to prove their innocence.

“I don’t have time to fight councillors but my role is to ensure that Government programmes are moving smoothly and in line with the PF government so that President Edgar Lungu triumphs in the August elections. We should not be fighting, but we should be working together,” Mr Musenge said.

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