Retrenched miners in land bonanza


By Nation Reporter

EIGHTY-FIVE of the 100 retrenched miners who applied for residential plots at the Kitwe City Council (KCC) have so far received their letters of offer,” KCC Public Relations Manager Dorothy Sampa has said.

She said in Kitwe yesterday that the 100 retrenched miners have been given land across the Kafue river following a directive from President Edgar Lungu that they should be given land after being retrenched.

“The idea of the government was to give the retrenched miners some pieces of land for agricultural purposes, but most of them opted for residential plots and they were given residential plots because you can’t force a person to go into agriculture.

“So I can tell you that out of 100 retrenched miners who applied for residential plots, 85 have so far received their Letters of Offer,” Ms Sampa said.

And Ms Sampa has disclosed that the council has created 50 high cost and 40 medium costs plots for the members of the public.

She said the council would ensure that the procedure was followed during the allocation of plots to gain and hold the confidence of the members of the public who always doubted the criteria followed, especially if their application was not successful.

“This time we will not accept an application which comes from members of the public who just come to the civic centre to say ‘I have identified a piece of land in this area, can you give me’? No, we will not accept that.

“The allocation of land will be done according to procedure. The procedure is that, we have to advertise the plot, call for interviews and after the interviews, there will be successful and unsuccessful applicants,” Ms Sampa said.

She said the council wanted to ensure that there was transparency in land allocation and distribution so that people do not come up with all sorts of allegations against the council.

“As a local authority, which is an agency of land allocation, we want to ensure that there is transparency in land allocation to gain and hold the confidence of the members of the public,” Ms Sampa said.

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