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Resist temptation of getting involved in land issues, councillors told


Government has advised Councillors from Gwembe Town Council of Southern Province to resist the temptation of involving themselves in illegal land issues.

Provincial Local Government Officer for Southern Province, Clayton Hamulyata, cautioned that this could ruin their political careers.

Hamulyata said this during the two days re-orientation of Councillors in the district on Friday.

He stated that land was a very sensitive matter and any mishandling of it can result in serious disputes, unrest and also slow down development.

“I wish to commend you as a local authority for being one of the few Councils in the country whose delegated power to deal with land has never been revoked,” Hamulyata said.

He expressed disappointment that the majority of councils countrywide were entangled in serious land issues.

Hamulyata noted that this was leading some Councillors to prematurely end their political careers as a consequence of engaging in illegal land activities.

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“I further want to encourage you the local government to continue working hard in opening up the district for development,” he advised.

Hamulyata believes that with abundant water resources and untapped mineral resources, Gwembe would become one of the fastest developing districts once the roads are improved.

Gwembe Town Council Secretary, Maliwa Muchuu, said the training had come at the right time when decentralization was at its full peak.

“I want to urge you all to be equipped with information regarding decentralization because it is the major focus of the new dawn government under President Hakainde Hichilema’s administration,” Muchuu stated.

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