Kabwe floods, from heavy rain

Several houses in Luangwa Extension and New Kawama in Kabwe, Central province, have been flooded following heavy rains.

Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe has visited the affected areas and he is not pleased with what he has seen.

Mr. Kabwe is particularly not happy that the contractor working on township roads in Bwacha and Luangwa townships, has paid a blind eye to the drainage system.

The visibly annoyed Permanent Secretary has taken to task the contractor, Ashford Roads Zambia and the consultant, for the poor workmanship on the drainage, which has triggered flash flooding in some areas.

Mr. Kabwe has further directed the contractor, the consultant, Kabwe Municipal Council and Kabwe District Administration to address the situation.

He said it is more important to serve the lives of the people, adding that government will not allow children to stay out of school, because of flash floods caused by poor workmanship.

Mr. Kabwe has since urged the consulting engineers and the contractor to provide an alternative drainage system to harness the situation.

Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu says there is urgent need to address the way residents and Foreigners are taking up land illegally in the city.

Mr. Mpundu says most residents are occupying land illegally while foreigners are also acquiring huge chunks of land without the following procedure.

He says the land opposite the Chingola road cemetery has been taken over by squatters because the developer has allegedly failed to develop the land.

He was speaking in Kitwe during the official opening of a stakeholders meeting to develop an advocacy strategy on responsible land investment in Zambia.

And the democratic governance and Human rights advocate -DEGHA- has called on stakeholders and the general citizenry to take an interest in issues of land management and distribution.

DEGHA National Coordinator Gerald Mutelo said Zambians must demand for responsible land investments in the country to protect the country.