Mayors of Zambia’s 2 big cities suspended over illegal land allocations

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LUSAKA, July 27 (Xinhua) — The mayors of Lusaka, the Zambian capital, and Kitwe city on the Copperbelt Province have been suspended for alleged illegal land allocations in the two cities, the minister responsible for local government said on Monday.

Miles Sampa, the mayor of the Zambian capital and the entire council and Christopher Kang’ombe, the mayor for Kitwe city and his council have been suspended for three months in order to allow for a land audit in the two cities.

Minister of Local Government Charles Banda said the suspension was meant to deal with the ills that have been happening at the two councils with regard to land allocation.

He said during a press briefing that he will appoint administrators to run the two councils during the three months suspension and hoped that the suspended civic leaders will use the period to introspect and come back as better councillors.

He further warned that the ministry will not spare any council that will not adhere to laid down procedures, adding that illegal land allocations will not be tolerated by anyone any more. Enditem

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