150 houses face demolition

A show down is looming between some residents of Kabwe’s Aerodrome area and the municipal council following their fixed positions on the legality of some plots where 150 houses have been built.

Some residents have vowed not to verify the legality of their plots in line with an ultimatum while the council has insisted that at the expiry of the amnesty, they would demolish all illegal structures.

Recently, the Kabwe Municipal Council issued a notice of amnesty asking the residents with plots in aerodrome area to verify their legal status.

The council warned that after the seven-day amnesty, they would demolish all structures on plots whose’ legality had not been established.

Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, some residents told the Daily Nation in Kabwe that the plots were legally allocated to them during the MMD regime and partly in the PF regime.

They accused the local authority of attempting to have the owners pay twice for the same plots which they had paid for earlier.

The residents however said they would resist intimidation from the  council.

But Council public relations manager Annie Mumba said the council’s directive was final and appealed to the residents to heed the amnesty to avoid any inconvenience.

Ms Mumba maintained that part of the 150 houses built in Aerodrome area were illegal although the council was determined to sort out the illegality.

Meanwhile UPND central province youth Chairman Milner Mwanakampwe has condemned the council’s action.

Mr Mwanakampwe said the council should rescind the decision to demolish the houses because the council knew who the culprits in the scam were.

He said the residents were allocated the plots by some councillors and some Residents Development Commission (RDC) members whose names were forwarded to law enforcement agencies.

Mr Mwanakampwe advised that the council to allow the law enforcement officers to prosecute the corrupt officials and spare the residents from any inconveniences.