RB : Stop Demolitions

PRESIDENT Banda has directed Ndola City Council (NCC) to adhere to the law when demolishing houses.

Mr Banda said Government will not support the demolition of houses by the council without following the law.

The residents intercepted the President as he was leaving Masaiti where he officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the Dangote cement plant.

“Go and tell the council that my government supports the policy of empowering Zambians through home ownership and not demolition,” Mr Banda said.

The President was speaking in Ndola yesterday when residents of Bwana Mkubwa complained to him about the demolition of houses by Ndola City Council.

Mr Banda assured the residents that Government will deal with the matter urgently to ensure that houses are not demolished.

The President said he had no clue why the residents were flagging him down until they informed him of the problems they are facing with the council.

“I did not know that you have a lot of problems with the council. I am glad that you have informed me and I can assure you that I will give you back the plots,” Mr Banda said.

The residents told the President that the council did not notify them about the demolition exercise.

“We don’t have anywhere to go. We paid for the plots at the council and we are surprised that the local authority now wants to demolish our houses,” one of the residents, Sylvia Mpundu, said.

The residents informed the President that two houses were demolished on Wednesday without notification.

The President also directed the provincial administration to intervene and ensure that houses are not demolished.