Former Nkana Polo Club workers in land dilemma
FORMER Nkana Polo Club workers have accused some government officials of trying to block the issuance of title to their land despite President Edgar Lungu’s intervention.
They claimed that some senior civil servants were intent on blocking the issuance of the title deed to them for no apparent good reasons. The workers said that they were extremely dismayed by the growing number of Government officials, including those who had no mandate over land administration, but were busy trying to block the issuance of title to their land despite President Edgar Lungu’s directive to the council. In a statement to the Daily Nation yesterday, the workers said despite President Lungu’s directive to Kitwe City Council (KCC) to deal with the issue over two months ago, nothing had happened. They claimed that some Government officials had continued to tell them that they were illegal settlers on that piece of land in question. They accused the officials of using their positions to intimidate and treat them like villains because they (officials) had personal interest over the same piece of land they occupied. “What is surprising is that those people talking about land issues are not mandated to deal it such issues. During President Lungu’s visit to the Copperbelt on August 21, he gave a directive to Kitwe City Council to settle the affected families expeditiously by getting their facts right as they were issuing contradicting statements over the land, “Our concern is that the President is being contradicted publicly by people who do not even understand or appreciate the PF manifesto and the party’s pro-poor policy, “Those people are newcomers to the PF. Their regrettable lack of understanding of the PF is clearly demonstrated in their blatant arrogance and lamentable ignorance and incompetence,” they said. They complained that Government officials who were supposed to help them get title to the land were deliberately making it difficult for them because they were also eyeing the same piece of land. While on the Copperbelt in August this year, President Lungu said he was disturbed with land wrangles and specifically gave reference to the controversial land occupied by former Nkana Polo club employees. He tasked the Kitwe City Council (KCC) to get its facts right over the matter as it was issuing uncoordinated and contradicting statements over the ownership of the piece of land and further tasked Kitwe mayor Christopher Kang’ombe to expeditiously deal with the matter. “I have heard a lot of things in Kitwe like the land wrangle at the Nkana Polo Club and other areas. You the Mayor, Mr Kang’ombe, I am expecting you to resolve these wrangles,” President Lungu said.
Those people are newcomers to the PF. Their regrettable lack of understanding of the PF is clearly demonstrated in their blatant arrogance and lamentable ignorance and incompetence.