Eighteen families in Kasama’s Chitamba Village have been left homeless after their houses built on another person’s land were demolished following a court order.
The incident happened on Tuesday.
Northern Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga and Kasama court bailiff Mathews Chileshe both confirmed the development in separate interviews.
Ms Katanga said the police were stationed at the scene to provide law and order.
“Police were just at the scene to ensure that the exercise was conducted in a peaceful manner. They were not part of those who were demolishing,” Ms Katanga said.
And Mr Chileshe said the houses were demolished following a court order from the Lusaka High Court.
He said the residents had constructed houses on land belonging to a Mr Steven Phiri and the court had issued a writ of vacant possession after he won the case.
“It was just a directive from the courts we were following to remove everyone from the premises,” he said.
Mr Chileshe said the bailiffs handed over the land to the owner after ensuring that everyone had left the site.
He said the settlers were notified about the intentions to demolish their homes and were advised to relocate but they ignored the directive.
“We asked them to leave the premises about a month ago but they did not heed our advice,” he said.