Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Kezzie Msukwa has warned encroachers and those who corruptly bought government land to reverse the transaction or face the long arm of the law.
The minister said this on Monday at Ipyana Mobile Police Service Camp in Karonga a site where government wants to construct 100 houses for the district’s security agents, but encroachers have built a church and some houses on part of the land.
The warning comes barely a week after a commission of inquiry instituted by district commissioner Paul Kalilombe on clandestine land deals implicated three ward councillors and some council officials.
The councillors allegedly collected K2.4 million after selling plots to vendors at Karonga Central Market.
He said: “Government will construct 15 out of 100 houses during the first phase.
“The plan design has started and the procurement process of building materials will end in four months.”
Paramount Chief Kyungu said the minister’s visit showed government’s commitment to build decent houses for security agents.
The minister was accompanied by his deputy Abida Mia and the ministry’s Principal Secretary Wilson Mollen.