Kabwe council holds controversial full council meeting today

The long awaited full council meeting of the Kabwe Municipal council will take place today after failing to hold the meeting last year due to misunderstandings between councilors and management which led to many senior officers transferred and retired.

Councilors accused management of not implementing resolutions but management accused councilors of forcing them to implement illegal resolutions. Most of the resolutions deemed illegal were land allocation.

UPND central province youth chairman Milner Mwanakampwe recently revealed that the PF-dominated council had given out land to some named politicians who include ministers and senior civil servants.

When contacted to comment on the illegality, Kabwe Town clerk Oliver Muuka angrily refused to discuss the matter and accused the Daily Nation reporter of illegally accessing confidential information.

“Why should you have access to information that is still confidential? It is unethical and if that is what you came here for, I will not be drawn into any conversation with you,” said Muuka when he was told that information about the plots allocation had leaked to the public.

However, reliable sources have named a cabinet minister and her deputy as being among the beneficiaries of the clandestine scheme and have accused Muuka and director of development planning Naomi Sakala of making the offers to appease the politicians.

Daniel Mapulanga and Cosmas Mpundu, former directors of Planning and Engineering respectively are appearing in court over illegal land allocation while PF Kalonga ward councilor Jim Cox Phiri was last year arrested by police on allegations of illegally selling church land in his ward.

After government investigative wings visited the council, a number of irregularities were unearthed and a report presented to local government deputy minister Forie Tembo who recommended that the council be suspended. Emerine Kabanshi, who has been named in the scam was local government minister then.