Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chingola councillors in near punch up; ad-hoc committee appointed


Chingola Municipal Council has appointed five-man ad-hoc committee to establish the allegations of illegal land allocation in the district.
And the atmosphere in the chamber was tense such that Kasala ward Councillor Eastwood Mubanga and Chitimukulu ward councillors Hector Kambole almost fought had it not been for quick rescue from other councillors.
Meanwhile PF members outside the council were demanding for suspension of the mayor Cuthbert Kalebaila and Lulamba ward councillor’s violet Mumba.
Ms Mumba and Nsansa ward councillor Henry Kafumbe were thrown out of the meeting together for rushing to the media.
Speaking after the full council meeting, Chingola Town Clerk George Mulenga told The Independent Observer that a five-man ad-hoc committee was formed to establish the allegations levelled against some councillors.
Chingola Town Clerk-George Mulenga
Mr Mulenga said the council meeting had two critical matters; one to establish the truth if some councillors were involved in illegal land allocation in Chingola East and also to establish the misconduct by any councillor as reported in almost all the media institutions.
He said Statutory Instrument number 140 of 1995 was clear in guiding the councillors on how they should publicise council affairs.
“To this effect a five man ad-hoc committee has been appointed, it is made up of five councillors namely; Bupalo ward councillor Titus Tembo (deputy mayor, PF) Buntungwa ward councillor Derrick Chilundika (MMD), Kwacha ward councillor Kennedy Sikambale (PF), Chimfwembe ward councillor Bright Lukonde and Muchinshi ward councillor Peter Mukuma.
“The committee will be given terms of reference and direction on how they should conduct themselves. The report is expected within seven days. The decision of the council will base on the findings and recommendations of the committee,” he said.
In a separate interview the mayor said the meeting was fruitful and it served its purpose which finally led to the appointing of an ad-hoc committee.
Mr Kalebaila said he could not comment further until the report was made public.
Land Minister Wylbur Simuusa who was part of the meeting by virtue of him being Nchanga Member of Parliament said his Government must deliver to the people of Zambia.
Mr Simuusa said in the path to deliver there would be no sacred cows whether PF members or the opposition.
“When we came into power as PF we promised proper town planning and orderliness in the way land was being given out. But it is unfortunate that the allegations are coming from my constituency and district.
“At the moment we can call the allegations as smoke and the appointed committee will establish if there is fire and if it does then all culprits will be dealt with even if it means suspending them. As PF we are a disciplined party, hence we will not tolerate illegality,” he said.
And the faired tempers from the chamber spilled out of the chamber resulting in Mr Mubanga and Mr Kambole roughing up each other in a near physical exchange of fists.
Mr Kambole sarcastically told Mr Mubanga that his huge body make-up could not threaten him.
‘Its just the muscle and the big body but I can beat you’.
Meanwhile Chingola PF constituency vice chairperson for women wing Brenda Mambwe said Ms Mumba the councilor at the centre of conflicts must go.
Ms Mabwe said that if the committee would spare her the party would take stern action against her.
She said Ms Mumba and the mayor brought embarrassment to
Ms Mumba
the party, the councillors and the District Commissioner by rushing to the media rather sought out the problem administratively.
On the other hand the house in question purported to be belonging to the DC actually belongs to John Patounas.
Mr Patounas who had offers from the Ministry of land said the land in question at plot number L/3707/M was his agricultural small holdings in Chingola East.
He brought the letters to Mr Simuusa but the Minister advised him to take them to the town clerk.
Some councillors said the mayor almost imposed himself to chair the meeting despite him being at the centre of things.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

BWANA HON SIMUUSA, YES OUR PF WAS DISPLINED BEFORE YOU CAME TO DIVIDE IT FOR THE OPPOSITION. IF YOU ARE PROTECTING THAT FAILURE OF A MAYOR, DON’T YOU THINK THAT’S INDISCIPLINE ON IT’S ON?
HOW CAN YOU CLAIM NOT TO BE TORALETING ILLEGALITIES IN LAND ISSUES WHEN YOU ARE THE MASTER AND DEFENDER OF CHACHACHA COMPOUND (A SQUATTER SETTLEMENT) WITHIN A HIGH COST PLANNED AREA OF RIVERSIDE?
BA SIMUUSA WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHINGOLA EAST AND CHACHACHA COMPOUND TO YOU? IS IT BECAUSE THE DC IS MENTIONED WHOM YOU ALSO WANT TO BE FIRED?
NOW LISTEN AND LISTEN WELL,WHEN WE SAW YOUR VEHICLE AT COUNCIL WE THOUGHT YOU WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.NOW WE ARE BELIEVING THIS INFORMATION GOING ROUND THE TOWN THAT YOU WANT TO DIVIDE THE COUNCILORS AND PF IN CHINGOLA TO GIVE ROOM TO THE OPPOSITION IN 2016(UPND) PLEASE JUST LEAVE THE PARTY AS YOU HAVE FAILED NCHANGA CONSTITUENCY.

Anonymous said...

Mr Anonymous if DC is telling you that his above the law you are wasting your time KABOLALA NI KABOLALA The President did not know that George Sichula is corrupt that is the way he was born he is an repentant. And if you he will escape tjis wait and see, His famous saying that he speaks to the President everyday wont help him. Who is George Sichula can you compare him to Hon. Simusa what qualifications has he got. By the way how many DCs do we have in Zambia and whats so special about him that the entire President would stop what he is doing to listen to George think you villager. George reports to Provincial PS and not the President. Hon. Simusa get this BURGER fired his interfering with your Ministry if you did not he is eyeing Nchanga Constituency.

Anonymous said...

if I may ask, why should george be the subject matter by some people. If his house is illegal, is it the only illegal house or there are plenty of them in chingola? STOP JELOUSING the young man.One thing, people love George and once PF disturds the young man you will be dividing the party. Leave him alone. we are no longer interested in those issues. talk about the developments. and moreover you are making him more popular by talking about him.

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