By Zumani Katasefa in Kitwe
Saturday April 14, 2007 [04:00]
KITWE town clerk Ali Simwinga has Kitwe City Council has no capacity to discipline councillors involved in illegal land allocation. During a full Kitwe council meeting on Wednesday in the council chambers, Simwinga said the council had no capacity to discipline erring councillors as they were the leaders of the local authority.
He said it has been so difficult to handle and discipline councillors involved in illegal allocation of land.
“We have no capacity of handling you leaders. That is the dilemma we face. Respectively political parties must have a code of discipline to discipline such leaders,” he told councillors.
He added that the local authority had in the past written to respective political parties to discipline councillors who involved themselves in illegal activities but nothing had been done.
However, Simwinga said there were no difficulties disciplining council officers involved in illegal allocation of land.
He said that the council had so far fired five officers who had committed such offences.
And Wusakile constituency member of parliament Barnabas Chela said law enforcement agents had been very selective in dealing with perpetrators of illegal land allocation.
He alleged that only opposition leaders have been visited by the agents.
There are 178 plots illegally allocated to residents in Kitwe and all of these are in Kawama compound.
Kwacha East Patriotic Front member of parliament Lombe Mulenga bemoaned the state of township roads.
He said the state of buildings in the city were also not good and wanted to know what the local authority was doing about the problem.
“There are very serious potholes in the township roads of Kitwe. Vehicles and even people find it difficult to walk in these roads,” he said.
In response Simwinga said the council was currently working on major roads in the city.