Land dis­putes erupt in Ka­fue

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

LAND wran­gles have erupted be­tween the Lusaka City Coun­cil (LCC) and over 3, 000 vil­lagers in Muchuto area in Ka­fue district with the for­mer threat­en­ing to evict vil­lagers who claim the land is theirs.

LAND wran­gles have erupted be­tween the Lusaka City Coun­cil (LCC) and over 3, 000 vil­lagers in Muchuto area in Ka­fue district with the for­mer threat­en­ing to evict vil­lagers who claim the land is theirs.

The vil­lagers, who are re­ported to have lived in the area for over 20 years, have been given 28 days to va­cate the land or face de­mo­li­tion by the lo­cal au­thor­ity with­out com­pen­sa­tion as they set­tled there il­le­gally.

Among those struc­tures threat­ened with de­mo­li­tion in­clude Muchuto Pri­mary School and five churches.

The LCC said it had ti­tle of the land be­fore Ka­fue be­came a stand­alone coun­cil, while the vil­lagers claimed to have been oc­cu­pants with li­cences given to them by the coun­cil­lor. Ac­cord­ing to an En­force­ment No­tice ob­tained by the Daily Na­tion dated, Novem­ber 15, 2018 which was given to all the vil­lagers and signed by act­ing di­rec­tor of city plan­ning Muchimba Maambo, the au­thor­ity has given the vil­lagers 28 days for them to re­move their struc­tures and re­store the land to its orig­i­nal sta­tus.

The coun­cil has warned that fail­ure to do so, it would move in and erase all the build­ings and re­cover as civil debt in any court of com­pe­tent ju­ris­dic­tion from them.

“It ap­pears that the devel­op­ment of land as de­scribed here­un­der has been car­ried out with­out the grant of per­mis­sion re­quired un­der the Ur­ban and Re­gional Plan­ning Act No. 3 of the laws of Zam­bia. You have con­structed il­le­gal struc­tures on farm No 945a, Ka­fue,

“You are hereby re­quired to re­move the said struc­tures and re­store the land to its orig­i­nal sta­tus within 28 days from 15th Novem­ber 2018 or such ex­tended pe­riod as the City of Lusaka Plan­ning Au­thor­ity may deem fit" reads part of the no­tice

And the vil­lagers who sought anonymity told the Daily Na­tion that they were wor­ried about the En­force­ment No­tice and 28 days ul­ti­ma­tum given to them by LCC.

The vil­lagers, mostly farm­ers said they had lived in the area for so many years and had in­vested a lot.

They claimed that the land was equally theirs as they had oc­cu­pant li­cences.

“We are wor­ried be­cause we don’t know what to do next, we have in­vested a lot in this land. We have oc­cu­pant li­cences, so how can we va­cate the area be­cause it is equally ours?

“Ma­jor­ity of us here are farm­ers and be­cause of this con­fu­sion, we now don’t know whether to start our farm­ing sea­son or wait to avoid los­ing more,” the vil­lagers said.

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