‘Land crazy’ councillors warned



ALL past councillors in Kabwe Municipal Council who participated in the illegal land allocation will be dealt with regardless of their political inclination, Patriotic Front (PF) candidate for Kabwe Central constituency Tutwa Ngulube has warned.

Mr. Ngulube, who has taken a leading role in castigating land malpractices which rocked the council, said the councillors involved themselves in illegalities in their individual capacities and not as party representatives.

“I want to sound a stern warning that my fight to reclaim the land on behalf of Kabwe people and ensure that right procedures are followed shall continue and I will ensure that all those who abused their positions are held responsible,” he said.

Speaking on KNC radio, Mr. Ngulube explained that all land in the country was vested in the President and councils were only agents of the Ministry of Lands, but regretted that most local authorities have abused their agency.

And Mr. Ngulube, who is also PF legal counsel, expressed optimism of PF’s victory because of the demonstrated and inclusive leadership style of President Edgar Lungu.

“Mr. Edgar Lungu has demonstrated quality leadership style which is practical and all inclusive. Even in areas where PF doesn’t seem to be popular like Western and Southern provinces, the Government has taken projects there and people will not want to experiment with untested leadership,” he said.

On his adoption , he expressed gratitude to the party hierarchy and said he was going to embrace all the people who expressed interest in the seat but were left out.

Meanwhile several UPND youths and women protested at the central Province offices in Kabwe over some candidates who have been adopted.

The candidates who have been rejected include Ingrid Mpande in Mkushi North, Topson Kunda as Mkushi chairperson. Brian Ngoma and Macdonald Mwamba have been picked as Kabwe Mayor and Kabwe Central MP respectively.

Nakoli ward youth chairman Morgan Kaleya alleged that Mr. Mwamba was an unpopular candidate.

They argued that Godfrey Pende and Namasiku Mwinga were the preferred candidates for Kabwe mayor and Kabwe Central respectively.

But UPND Central Province chairman Albert Chifita urged the party members to display loyalty and rally behind the choices picked so far because there could only be one candidate for each position.

Mr. Chifita called for calm and ensure that the party emerged victorious in the August elections.