Lukulu District Council fails to account for K500 million

Newly circumcised boys greet dawn with traditional song and drumming in Lukulu, Zambia. PIX- National Geographic
Lukulu District Council has failed to account for five hundred million kwacha meant for land development.


Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister Forrie Tembo made the disclosure in an interview with ZANIS after his tour of the district.


Mr Tembo said government released five hundred million kwacha a few years ago to the district council meant for surveying, demarcation and numbering of plots through the Land Development Fund.


He said although the traditional leadership in Lukulu released land for the exercise to the council, nothing has been done to-date.


Mr Tembo has since given Lukulu district council a two weeks ultimatum for the council to retire the money.


He said failure to retire the money will result in the council officers involved facing disciplinary action as well as prosecution.


“I have given a two weeks ultimatum to the council to retire the money and if they don’t then disciplinary action will follow and they will also face prosecution,” he said.


The Deputy Minister complained that the delay by the council to develop land has resulted in residents encroaching into the land meant for residential plots.


“People are now encroaching on the same land which was meant for development because the council took too long to move on the land,” he said.


Meanwhile, Mr Tembo has directed Western Water and Sewerage Company (WWSC) to increase the supply hours of water in the district.


This was after learning that residents in the area are subjected to poor service by the water utility company which only supplies water for very few hours.


“I have directed the Managing Director of Western Water and Sewerage Company to start supplying water to Lukulu on a 24 hour basis because currently it is very bad, they are only supplying in piece meals,” he said.


He said Lukulu was a small district and as such it was not acceptable that WWSC should fail to supply water.