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ILLEGAL STRUCURES ON CAVING MINE AREA TO BE DEMOLISHED

By ROGERS KALERO

Illegal structures on the land on Seven (7) Shaft area of North Kalengwa may be demolished  by the  Kalulushi Municipal Council (KMC)   because the place is a caving,    Assistant Public Relations Manager Lidah Kamanga has warned.

And Kitwe City Council (KCC) Public Relations Manager Chola Mwamba has warned unscrupulous people who are illegally allocating land in Mufuchani Township in Kitwe that they risk being arrested and prosecuted.

Ms Kamanga said the council would like to advise the general public to desist from buying, selling and allocating land in seven shaft area of North Kalengwa because it was illegal for any land allocation to be carried out in a caving area.

Ms Kamanga said in a statement that, the local authority had been prompted to issue the warning following a number of submissions received relating to illegal activities on the land in Seven Shaft area of North Kalengwa.

“The KMC would like to advise the general public to desist from buying, selling and allocating land in seven shaft area of North Kalengwa. This follows a number of submissions received relating to illegal activities on the land on Seven Shaft area of North Kalengwa.

“Members of the public should know that the said place is a caving area and therefore it is illegal for any land allocation to be carried out there. The local authority demolish illegal structures on the land on Seven (7) shaft area of North Kalengwa because the place is a caving area,” Ms Kamanga said

 Ms Kamanga said, by law, the Council was mandated to demolish any illegal structures mushrooming in the district and looking at the level of illegality in the said area, the Local Authority will be compelled to take necessary action.

Ms Kamanga said it should be noted that the Council wanted to encourage land ownership by Kalulushi residents, but stressed that residents must follow the right channel of acquiring land.

“Members of the public are advised that before buying land in the district one should first confirm with the Council on whether the land is authentic and there is proper ownership documentation to that effect. This can be done by visiting the department of Legal Services at the Civic Centre.

“In addition, the Council strongly discourages the individuals involved in illegal land allocation to refrain from such vices because once found the council will be forced to take action against all those participating in such illegal acts,” she said

And Kitwe City Council (KCC) Public Relations Manager Chola Mwamba has warned unscrupulous people who are illegally allocating land in Mufuchani Township in Kitwe that they risk being arrested and prosecuted.

Ms Mwamba said the problem of illegal land allocation by unscrupulous land agents known as ‘bapungwa’  has been a thorny issue for the local authority.

“The local authority would therefore like to advise the residents of Mufuchani  Township not to be desperate for acquiring land to an extent of buying plots from people who have no rights to sell land on behalf of the Council.

” The local authority does not take pleasure in demolishing people’s houses that are built through illegally acquired land because it’s not only costly to the local authority to carry out demolitions but also to the illegal developer whose property will be brought down,” Ms Mwamba said

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