Copperbelt, Kabwe land corruption goes to Parley

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini yesterday told Parliament that he has been following revelations of alleged illegal land allocation on the Copperbelt and Kabwe town. Dr Matibini said Vice-President Inonge Wina had not been quiet on the issue because she had also expressed herself on the alleged illegal land allocation in Ndola. Making a ruling on a point of order raised by leader of the opposition political parties in Parliament Jack Mwiimbu yesterday, Dr Matibini said the Vice-President had not been quiet and that he had been following the event. He said Mrs Wina had expressed herself and that it was not hearsay. “I personally saw Vice-President Wina expressing herself on the alleged land corruption on the Copperbelt but that does not take away your privilege to ask a question on that particular matter. Unless there is any thing else apart from what the Vice-President has stated and which is in the public domain and you would like to pursue here, you are at liberty to do so,” Dr Matibini ruled. Earlier in his point of order, Mr Mwiimbu expressed concern that over the last week, the nation witnessed a sad scenario where Copperbelt Province Minister Bowman Lusambo had to bolt for his life after being harassed by PF cadres. “Mr Speaker as if that was not enough, there are reports of illegal land transactions in Ndola, reports of illegal transaction in Kabwe by PF councilors and PF officials,” Mr Mwiimbu said. “Mr Speaker we are aware that a week ago, the Minister of Lands (Jean Kapata) came to this House and made a ministerial statement and she categorically stated that the Government will not condone illegal land transactions,” he said.