PF to demolish some houses in Copperbelt

PF to demolish some houses in Copperbelt

The PF government has directed the Kitwe City Coucil to demolish some housing units in some townships.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Nkandu Luo recently gave the directive to the City Council to demolish the houses because the houses were allegedly built on places designated to be children’s play grounds.

Among those affected are the residents of Chimwemwe Township who have since appealed to President Michael  Sata to intervene in their housing impasse to prevent the Council from demolishing their houses.

Ms Veronica Mumba one of the affected residents whose house is earmarked for demolition said the residents have spent a lot of money in putting up the structures.

Ms Mumba said the residents acquired the plots legally from the City Council and have all the necessary documentation and paid K3 Million service charge to the local authority.

Ms Mumba said as one of the affected she has invested over K95 Million in the construction of the house which if demolished she would need compensation to help her put up another one elsewhwere.

The residents who gathered at the Citizen for Better Environment Office in Kitwe yesterday said they have invested millions of Kwacha in the houses and construction is at various stages with others completed.

And Citizen for Better Environment Executive Director Peter Sinkamba said as an Organization they will make sure that the residents did not move until they have been fully compensated and given alternative land.

The PF government won elections mainly on the basis of the urban votes in Copperbelt and Lusaka.

As Local Government and Housing Minister in the Chiluba administration, Sata himself demolished houses in some parts of Lusaka urban before.

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