Politics

Lusaka Mayor Comments On Altercation Between Matero MP And Councillor

Mayor of Lusaka City Miles Sampa has told Matero member of parliament Lloyd Kazhiya that he is mandated by law to lodge a formal complaint with the Minister of Local Government and Housing who has constitutional powers to reverse any decision made by any Council in Zambia except it has to be 6 months after that decision is made.

Mr Sampa’s advice follows a verbal altercation recorded on video between Mr Kazhiya and councillor Annie Chinyanta of Matero over a piece of land which the full council is said to have approved.

But the area MP was unaware of the development, which led Ms Chinyanta to tell Mr Kazhiya that he was not on the ground after he attempted to stop some development.

At that point, Mr Kazhiya called Ms Chinyanta a “useless councillor”, to which she also retorted “you’re a useless MP”.

Below is Mr Sampa’s statement posted on his Facebook page this morning:

The video circulating out of Matero between the area MP and Ward 28 area Councillor makes sad viewing.For all intents and purposes I should ideally declare interest and not comment on the matter.I however have inescapable duty as Mayor of Lusaka to intervene and guide on matters to do with land in the City.

My informed take on the matter after brief research since the video surfaced is that the said piece of land was dully processed at the Council after the resident applied for it.Land acquisition or extension process entails that a Committee called Planning which has 8 Coucillors seat to approve or reject any application available.In coming up with that decision,they tour the plot in question to ensure the same is not a road reserve, has water and or power lines.

Most are rejected at this stage but if found to have no incumberances, the application is recommended to the Full Council Meeting of Councillors for final approval.

I have been guided that the issue that led to the altercation yesterday between MP Kazhiya and Councilor Ann Chinyanta is about a temporal authorisation to a Matero resident to place a Container on some piece of land for business purposes.The MP is against for whatever reason.

After the 2016 amended Constitution, at no point in the process is the Area MP meant to be involved. Out of courtesy however, I have made it a point at LCC and encouraged all Councillors that for any land issue, we first consult area MPs before processing.This works well in various Constituencies especially where a good working relationship has been cultivated between a particular Councillor and area MP. Clearly non such rapport has been cultivated in the video in question.

So there is no legal backing in an area MP going to harass a resident who has been offered any land relief or temperol placement of a Container by a Full Council.

Do MPs have a recourse if they are not happy on a piece of land deliberated on by the Full Council and offered to a resident in their Contstituency? Yes they do.They can lodge a formal complaint with the Minister of Local Government & Housing who has constitutional powers to reverse any decision made by any Council in Zambia except it has to be 6 months after that decision is made. The current Constitution does not give powers to anyone and not even Councillors themselves to be able to amend or reverse a decision made by Councillors in their Full Council meeting if said decision is not older than 6 months.

We have a recent case at LCC from Kamulanga ward of Kabwata where the Minister of Local Government & Housing Hon Charles Banda has formally (in writing) reversed a decision made by LCC in 2017 (before I assumed office) after residents that includes Hon Mwansa Mbulakulima formally complained to the Minister’s office that said plots were created in a road reserve.The Minister accordingly fou…

13 Comments

  1. Joseph Mulindwa

    Disputes leads to less development both in the way you excite your working relationship both at government and at your executive levels.so unite and work together as one for more development plans not confusion ones ability.

  2. JMS

    Where are women, surpourt your own.

  3. Joseph Mulindwa

    Disputes leads to less development both in the way you excecute
    your working relationship both at government and at your executive levels.so unite and work together as one for more development plans not confusion ones ability.hope you will resolve that wrangle without hurting one another…

  4. Timothy

    I am displeased to see such bad and uncoordinated working relationship with our leaders! Am very disappointed. That is why we see people like Seer 1 taking advantage and claiming that he is the one who causes such.

  5. Razor

    Time is coming when we shall see this PF falling apart. This is just the beginning. Wait for the convention and thereafter.

  6. Sitwala mutemwa

    Story about that event,I applied for a plot which I was offered by the full council and was was approved by the council. a secretary to the council sold the plot to un individual who had not applied for the plot ,the secretary had not applied for the same plot but had the odesite to sail the plot to a person who did not follow the procedure and is the one the court gave the plot as the owner of the plot.when I ve been paying for the ground rent the offer letter was given to me.because the presiding judge and the one who bought the plot and developed the plot works at the court judgment was on their side .its the new normal in Zambia

  7. Mkwasu

    I fully support MP Kaziya. We all are aware that the unplanned so called developments in Lusaka are perpetuated by Council resolutions which in all respects have led to people even building on railway line grounds. We have plots in dambos now and even houses on top of water pipes. Thank you MP Kaziya. Please continue! Those procedures that useless councillor was talking about are there just to veil the inept leadership that has all but left Lusaka to be now a big shanty.

    • Edward

      I agree with the mp. Its like that land wasn’t bought or given out in a straight way no wonder that lady came out like that

      • Quincy

        the mp was wrong coz he was supposed to file a complaint not that nonsense he did, failure to that he was supposed to summon the councilor

  8. Bowman No Brains Lusambo

    Is it a coincidence that Lusaka is now transforming into a shanty compound, MP’s niba mu komboni and ECL hails from a compound. Nzelu za mukomboni ni boma…how sad. Zambians voted fora chikopo to lead them.

  9. Musyani

    Council is the one that gives plots not an mp,the man overstepped his mandate and if he is not happy he must file a complaint like other people do,he is not untouchable go girl he is not on the ground.

  10. Rhk

    Kkkkkkkkk,pf Vs pf, wapya muzi

  11. Just do it

    My mayor miles sampa.. U ur a goodguy my vote is already yours ..Area mp is not the one with power to sell plots bt we have seen councillors cuttin deals and sellin plots makin lusaka a shanty komboni…So we pleading wt u relevant authority to deal wt these mps and councillors carefully,and fyi,we support our women in politics

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