For­mer Nkana Polo Club work­ers in land dilemma

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

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.

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