8 December 2012

Zambia: We'll Deal With Cadres Selling Land Illegally- Veep

VICE-President Guy Scott has warned that Government will clamp down on some cadres who are selling land illegally.

Dr Scott told Parliament yesterday that it was illegal for any cadre to venture into the sale of plots or pieces of land as the exercise was the preserve of the Government.

"We shall not condone this illegal sale of plots or land. We shall not stand for anarchy because it is not right to sell land illegally," he said.

He was responding to MMD Nalikwanda Member of Parliament (MP) Geoffrey Lungwangwa who asked during the Vice-President's question time on Government's position over the illegal sale of land by some cadres.

Professor Lungwangwa said some Patriotic Front (PF) cadres were allegedly grabbing plots from innocent citizens, and cited some party members who allegedly beat up a worker at the University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka recently and grabbed his plot.

The Vice-President also told the House that Government was handling amicably the Barotseland Agreement (BA) of 1964 and was monitoring any uprising in Western Province.

He was responding to MMD Sikongo MP Mundia Ndalamei who wanted to know what the Government was doing to settle the BA.

He also said the provision of clean water and sanitation services in rural areas was among Government's top priority.

He was responding to MMD Kapiri Mposhi MP Lawrence Zimba who asked Government's position on the matter.

Dr Scott said the Government's plans to revamp Zambia-China Mulungushi Textiles had reached an advanced stage and once in operation, the enterprise would help in purchasing of cotton from small-scale farmers.

Dr Scott was responding MMD Sinda MP Levy Ngoma who was making a follow up on President Michael Sata's recent assurance, during a by-election campaign in Chama, that the Government would re-open Mulungushi Textiles to provide a ready market for cotton.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Alfreda KaNsembe told the House that the Government had not abolished any position in the Zambia Police Service since 2011.

Ms Kasembe said about 5,914 female officers were serving in the service as of March 31, 2012 while males were 9,224 and the total number of officers was 15,138 countrywide.

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