Kasolo gets tough on illegal land allocation

People, who are putting up structures near Referendum area, along the Great East Road in Chipata District, have been given a seven days ultimatum to demolish their buildings.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says the land in question is privately owned and the structures being built are illegal.

Speaking to journalists when he visited the area on Saturday, Mr. Kasolo says authorities will move in to demolish the structures after seven days, if the owners are not taking any action.

Mr. Kasolo has blamed Kanjala Ward Councilor, William Phiri for allocating plots on the land.

He says Mr. Phiri’s actions are illegal because the land in question belongs to retirees of CH, the Contract Haulage and that he will not allow lawlessness over the matter.

Mr. Kasolo says Mr. Phiri is allegedly allocating land to the developers without consent from the Chipata City Council, but emphasized that he will not allow the structures to be formalized.

He says he has instructed Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, to arrest Mr. Phiri for his actions and that he has to explain, why he found it fit to start allocating land illegally.

Mr. Kasolo availed a court order signed by Chief Justice Irene Mambilima on June 23rd, 2015 to the affected developers, which states that the land in question belongs to Contract Haulage retirees.

He advised the affected people to avail receipts to his office, from whoever sold the plots to them, stating that he will have to refund them.

Meanwhile, some Chisitu Zone Development Committee members, who claim to own the land, have vowed to remain on the land in question, as they have stayed there for over seventeen years.

The irate members, who did not fear the presence of the police, wondered why government has been quiet on the matter for many years.

And one of the affected developers, Teleka Chirwa, who bought three plots in the area, says when he consulted, he was assured that the land belongs to Chisitu Zone Development Committee.

And when contacted, Kanjala Ward councilor, William Phiri, says he will only comment on the matter after meeting the permanent secretary on Wednesday.


Police IG explains invocation of article 31

Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja says that the invocation of article 31 of the constitution does not mean that Zambia is in a state of emergency.

Mr. Kanganja has clarified that police have just been given extra powers to ensure that peace, public safety and order prevails in the country.

Speaking during a Press Briefing in Lusaka, Mr. Kanganja explained that during this period, Police will regulate and prohibit publication and dissemination of matters pre-judicial to public safety.

Police will also restrict and control assemblies, control movement more especially during hours of darkness, apprehension and detention of suspected criminals beyond 48 hours and search of places without a warrant.

Mr. Kanganja says that with these powers, Police have no reason to fail but instead, ensure that sanity, peace and order prevails in the country.

He however, noted that he will not allow any abuse of these powers entrusted in the police.

Mr. Kanganja warned that any officer, who abuses this act, will be disciplined accordingly.

He implored members of the public to take keen interest by reading the Preservation of the Public Security Act Chapter 112 of the Laws of Zambia to avoid speculation as well as being misinformed.

Road works start in Kaumbwe Constituency

Rehabilitation and construction of feeder roads in Kaumbwe Constituency in Petauke District has started.

Kaumbwe Constituency Member of Parliament, Listed Tembo, says a fifty-five kilometer road network is currently being constructed under the Ministry of Local Government.

Mr. Tembo says the road will connect a number of villages such as Matonge, Mando, Sanjama, Chizanda and Kanyanga.

He says rehabilitation works on other feeder roads will be done using CDF, the Constituency Development Fund.

Mr. Tembo says the road under construction has been in a deplorable state for over 45 years.

He says this has been affecting farmers especially in Chizanda area, who were completely cut off from Petauke boma.

He says residents in the area are happy over the development because their transportation challenges will now be eased.

RB public lecture pleases The Eastern University

The Eastern University has described as a strong send off the first public lecture, which was delivered by fourth republican President, Rupiah Banda.

Eastern University Chancellor, Justine Zulu said that he was impressed that history has shown that the concept of universities being set up by states was relatively new.

Dr. Zulu said that according to history the private sector and entities including the church were in the forefront of formalising learning in institutions.

He stated that this was encouraging to the Eastern University as it prepares to provide high learning to people in Eastern Province and the country as a whole.

Dr. Zulu agreed with the challenge provided by Mr. Banda for the university not to only have a bias towards agriculture but look at a bigger picture and focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

He said that the university’s original focus was on agriculture sciences so that it can hook up with extension services and research facilities along with scientific knowledge.

Dr. Zulu said that the university was alive to the fact that in today’s world, there is no discipline, which can survive without science.

The chancellor revealed that the university was excited because it has 300 hectares of land to expand and focus on agriculture extension services, and other areas of interest.