THE UPND in Livingstone has asked Government to intervene in the K10,000 fee and one-month grace period developers have been given plots by the Livingstone City Council in order to develop their plots.
UPND Freedom Ward candidate Owen Muteba has said the amount of K10, 000 and the period of one month which the council had given to the successful prospecting developers was too high and the grace period was not enough.
Speaking to journalists in Livingstone when he toured the Freedom Ward on Friday, Muteba appealed to the government to come in and help the beneficiaries by giving them enough time to develop their plots.
“My people are crying to the government to reduce the price of these plots and also increase the grace period to at least six month. Our
people cannot afford to raise a K10, 000 within a space of 30 days and pay for their plots,” he said.
“As a candidate standing on the UPND ticket, am appealing to the PF government to listen to the people’s plight. The issue of land has nothing to do with politics but its life because people want shelter,” he said.
Mr Muteba said the fact that there were no roads and water in the area which has been demarcated for plots was a reason enough which must compel the government through the council to reduce the price.
“The plots are not serviced and the area is not flat, it faces the problem of soil erosion day in and day out whenever the rain season is on,” he said.
Mr Muteba appealed to the government to quickly open up the area so that people could start accessing their plots.
And Muteba has disclosed that money lenders have taken advantage of beneficiaries who are failing to raise K10, 000 by lending them money commonly known as Kaloba with a high interest rate.
“What is happening now is that those involved in Kaloba are targeting
people who have been given plots. They are getting their offer letters
from the council and later pay the required fees on their behalf with interest of 50 percent,” he said.
Two weeks ago, former Livingstone Member of Parliament Lawrence Evans told journalists that the successful applicants who have been given plots should ignore the one-month grace period in which the council had told them to pay the fees.