koshi ward councillor Siamukayumbu Nasinda has opposed government’s decision to de-gazette Chati Forest Reserve in Kalulushi to empower local people with land, saying it is part of the campaign by the ruling party to woo voters ahead of the August 11 general elections.
Government recently announced that it had de-gazeted Chati Forest Reserve in Kalulushi to empower local people with land for agricultural activities.
Speaking during the full Council Chamber at Kalulushi Municipal Council, Mr Nasinda accused the PF government of de-gazetting Chati Forest Reserve for the sole purpose of winning votes in the August 11 elections.
“Councillors from the ruling party are always allocating land indiscriminately. Even the decision by the government to de-gazette Chati Forest Reserve is another ploy to win votes in the August 11 elections,” Mr Nasinda said.
He, however, said the decision to de-gazette Chati Forest Reserve for people to occupy it for agricultural and residential purposes was welcome although it was being used to win the August 11 elections.
Mr Nasinda was, however, quick to warn the PF that it would be shocked with the August 11 elections results when the UPND would emerge victorious.
But Kalulushi mayor Bernard Mumba advised councillors to serve people in their communities regardless of their political party affiliation.
Bishop Mumba advised councillors to put their political affiliation aside when debating in the Council Chamber and focus on matters that could better the lives of people they were representing.
“As councillors, when we are in the chambers, we should avoid speaking on partisan lines, but speak with one language because we all serve the same people in our communities.
“In the same Chati forest Reserve, there are members of UPND, MMD, PF and other political parties who benefit from government policies and decisions. Hence, the need to support good policies that would benefit our people,” Bishop Mumba said.
He advised Mr Nasinda against making wild allegations that Chati Forest Reserve was de-gazetted for the sole purpose of winning votes in the August elections.
The visibly annoyed Mr Nasinda maintained his stance and further accused the PF government of being insincere in the way it had been allocating plots in the district.