Residents of Maramba ward in Livingstone’s Messenger Compound on Sunday nearly beat up their area councilor for alleged illegal land allocation.
The residents accused their PF ward councilor Moses Simbaya of being involved in illegal land allocation in the area.
But when contacted for a comment Mr Simbaya said “Yes Daily Nation what do you want to find out from me?
He then referred the matter to the council by quipping:“You go to council and find out about the owner of that same land.” said Mr Simbaya
According to the residents, Mr Simbaya on Sunday went to the township and was seen demarcating some positions of land which has been unoccupied for some time.
When he was allegedly asked by residents as to why he was personally and physically giving out the same land to some people instead of leaving it to the council officials from the planning and building departments, he reportedly became annoyed and attempted to humiliate and abuse the residents verbally.
This annoyed the residents who nearly descended on him.
Meanwhile, Livingstone City Council public relations manager Emmanuel Sikanyika confirmed having received a complaint from the residents concerning Mr Simbaya’s alleged involvement in illegal land allocation.Mr Sikanyika told the Daily Nation that the council has since launched some investigations to ascertain the authenticity of the allegation.
Last month, Government warned of stern action against councilors in the habit of abandoning their civic responsibilities to engage themselves in illegal allocation of land instead of serving communities. Local government Minister Emmanuel Chenda said his ministry will not entertain inappropriate procedures in land allocation.
Mr. Chenda advised mayors, council chairpersons, councilors and principal officers to show exemplary leadership and observe highest moral standards that will reverse the negative public perception of councils.