By Nation Reporter
LANDS minister Jean Kapata has promised to come up with progressive policies that would ensure that land allocation was done in a transparent and procedural manner.
Ms Kapata, who is also Mandevu Member of Parliament, bemoaned the increasing irregularities involved in the allocation of land across the country.
She said that she was aware of the illegal sale and grabbing of land by unscrupulous people posing as agents and relevant authorities when, in fact, not.
Ms Kapata promised to come up with stringent measures and progressive policies that would curb the corrupt allocation of land. “I am aware of the illegal sale and grabbing of land by unscrupulous people posing as agents and relevant authorities when, in fact, not. I will come up with progressive policies that will ensure that land allocation is done in a transparent and laid down procedure that will curb the corrupt trend,” he said.
Meanwhile, People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) president Andyford Banda stressed the need for a reduction in scums involving the illegal sale of land.
Mr Banda warned in an interview with the Daily Nation that it was day light robbery for local authorities to be giving out land without following laid down procedures.
He expressed disappointment at the increasing reports of land irregularities across the country by council staff.
Mr Banda noted that council employees were in the habit of corruptly allocating land but that the trend needed to change because the council was now occupied by educated Mayors, Council chairpersons and councillors.
He lauded the initiative for leaders to at least have a Grade 12 certificate, adding that it would ensure constructive debates and progressive policies.
Mr Banda called on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to be firm when dealing with issues of land irregularities.
He said that only people with money and those directly connected to council employees had the opportunity to acquire land from the council.
Mr Banda pointed out that there was too much corruption in the way land was given out by the local authorities and that there was need for stringent measures that would ensure land was fairly allocated.
He noted that the fight against corruption within the local authority could not be done the way it was done previously.
Mr Banda called on the Mayors and Council chairpersons to strictly monitor the operations of their officers so that they did not tarnish the image of the entire authority.
He warned that it was easy for people to label the local authority as a corrupt government entity if they did not do a thorough clean up.