State urged to help Mindolo demolition victims

Government must find a permanent place where the people of Mindolo in Kitwe will be taken to sustain their living, says a clergyman from Northern Province Joseph Chishimba.

Pastor Chishimba said it was against the Christian principles that human beings were subjected to such a torture when they were not at fault.

The clergyman said the government must feel for the vulnerable people and that the local authority could have find the alternatives before they went on with their demolition process.

“How many people who will remain homeless, if at all many of the land occupied by the people is illegal, and these are some of the things that must see the government find alternatives before demolishing exercise progress,” he said.

Pastor Chishimba argued that erecting temporal structure at a named place was not solving any problem because that would more costly as it would not last.

He said that the victims should be compensated especially that the council officials were involved, adding that they (government) should pay the costs.

But government has maintained that it would only allow the Mindolo displaced people to be in the temporal tents behind Hellen Kaunda School for only three months.

Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice president Davis Mwango was reported having said the government could only provide humanitarian support and not solutions to the illegality.

Pastor Chishimba said that no one who could support the illegality in the country, but that the manner in which the issues were approached was not working to the advantage of the vulnerable citizens.

The clergyman said the government was not helping by providing temporal shelter and after three months be removed, adding that they should find money to help the affected families.

The residents whose homes were demolished by the Kitwe City Council have been relocated to parklands behind Helen Kaunda secondary school where their tents have been erected, but some residents had shunned to be relocated.