5 December 2012

Zambia: State Bemoans Illegal Buildings On Its Land

LOCAL Government and Housing Deputy Minister Forrie Tembo has bemoaned the increasing number of infrastructure mushrooming on State land.

Mr Tembo said the Government had land reserved for developmental projects and it was unfortunate that some people had been encroaching on State land.

He said it was unfortunate that people had acquired land without following proper procedure.

The deputy minister was speaking yesterday when he toured some illegal infrastructure that had been constructed on Government land in Kapiri Mposhi District.

Mr Tembo also toured the Green Built Fertiliser plant that was being constructed close to the road.

He called on the local authority to intensify the land audit.

Meanwhile, Kapiri Mposhi Council Secretary Hamwende Panda said the Resident Development Committees (RDCs) had been giving out land.

Mr Panda explained that during the time the RDCs were in operation, they disregarded the local authority.

He said the council found it hard to control the issuance of land as the RDCs defied court orders.

Mr Panda, however, said the local authority and the lands department were working together to ensure that all unplanned infrastructure on reserved land was demolished.

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