Four arrested in Kitwe for illegal land allocation

POLICE in Kitwe have arrested four people in connection with the illegal allocation of land and  culprits are detained at Mindolo Police Station.

Copperbelt Police Chief Charity Katanga confirmed the arrest of the four people, but could give out the names of the suspects because she was yet to be furnished with all details.

Ms Katanga said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the main complainants were Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) and Kitwe City Council (KCC).

“Right now, I do not have all the details, but I can confirm that Police in Kitwe have arrested four people in connection with the illegal allocation of land. The four have been detained at Mindolo Police Station,

“The complainants are MCM and Kitwe City Council. If I get more details, I will them forward you,” said Ms Katanga.

Kitwe is one of the districts, which has experienced illegal allocation of land by some unscrupulous individuals and councillors, resulting into the central government suspending the council before banning the allocation of land in the area.

On February 4, 2016, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Colonel Panji Kaunda bnned land allocation in the district and warned that the law would continue to pursue, individuals, councillors and chief officers who were alleged to be involved in the illegal sale of land.

Col Kaunda said President Edgar Lungu was upset with the behaviour of some councillors who were involved in the illegal sale of land and that no one would be spared if found guilty of the offense

Following this development, a number of councillors were arrested, detained and appeared in court for obtaining money on false pretences.