Wednesday, April 3, 2013
My office does not allocate land-DC
CHINGOLA District Commissioner George Sichula has said the office of the DC does not have powers to allocate land. Speaking with The Independent Observer in an interview this morning Mr Sichula said his office did not have powers to be allocating land to people. The DC was reacting to allegations that he was involved in illegal land allocation in the district which has raised eye brows from the Anti-Corruption Commision (ACC) and stakeholders. He said before becoming the DC he was Twatasha ward councillor, the position he said helped him to fully understand on how land was acquired right from the application stage. Mr Sichula said he was ready to be investigated to clear his name if need be. “We have Government wings charged with the responsibility to investigate any suspected corrupt practices. I’m a clean man and if one feels ACC should investigate me then, I’m more than ready to comply with the Government investigating agencies. “The ACC came to Chingola to investigate corrupt practices of acquiring land. All councillors, chief officers, some employees and members of the public were interviewed but I was not part of those suspected in the illegality,” he said. Mr Sichula said the people that were implicating him were being frivolous and wanting to frustrate him and the projects he was overseeing for Government. He said pressure produces enlargement and the implication and pressure from the PF District leadership was making him stronger and popular. Mr Sichula wondered why the PF executive would sit back and watch him make a mistake instead of sitting him down and offer advice if the wrong was committed. The DC said he had been in the office for the past nine months and there was no problem in the way the PF executive and his office was relating. He said but soon after three district officials (he named) were reinstated after serving six months for misappropriation of campaign funds for Buntungwa ward Local Government by-election the problem started. Mr Sichula said the motive behind the implication was bad and that it was a sign of bitterness and hatred. He said Lulamba ward councillor Violet Mumba reported the matter to police soon after the Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Stanford Mschili ordered for the arrest of Ms Mumba for allegedly organising a gang to damage the brand new grader which went to demolish the illegal structures she promoted. And Chingola constituency treasurer Richard Katebe said his DC didn’t have the problem but the problem was emanating from jealous attitude from the people who were promised the same job by the President before election. Mr Katebe the former deputy mayor said during the two terms he served as deputy mayor there used to be conflicts within the party whenever it was time for mayoral elections. He said the vocal people were targeting to discredit people with potential to vie for parliamentary election in 2016. But Mr Katebe was quick to point out that Mr Sichula didn’t have that interest. He said since the DC took office there was sanity among civil servants in the district and the mentality towards work had changed.
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