—–Kafue District Council Secretary, Aaron Kamalondo, says the local authority has plans to open sub-centres for administration purposes in some areas of the district.
In an interview with ZANIS, Mr Kamalondo said this is meant to take services to grass root level.
He said communities, such as Chiawa and Chisankane, have been facing difficulties in accessing services from Kafue Boma.
Mr Kamalondo said the council has written to senior Chieftainess Nkomenshya Mukamambo II and Chieftainess Chiawa to request for land where sub-centres would be put up in Chiawa and Chisankane’s Shantumbu area.
Meanwhile, some Kafue residents have appealed to the district council to allocate them plots at the land they have been cultivating since 1985.
Residents’ representative, Margaret Kashweka, said the peasant farmers, mostly senior citizens, have been earning their livelihood through farming on the land that is earmarked for demarcation.
Ms Kashweka accused the council of allocating land to rich people while the poor are left out.
But Mr Kamalondo refuted the allegations, saying preference will be given to the squatters or those cultivating on the land.
He further said the local authority has plans to develop the township in phases including the affected land.
Mr Kamalondo clarified that the land in question is earmarked for development.
He, however, assured the 26 affected peasant farmers that the local authority will seriously take care of their concerns.
Mr Kamalondo also called on Kafue residents to stop cultivating in the township to pave way for development.