Plot allocation at local level is largely driven by party cadres commonly

Plot allocation at local level is largely driven by

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allocation of plots to developers. Plot allocation at local level is largely driven by party cadres commonly called ‘chairmen’ whose interest is not city sanity but money, so they tend to allocate small pieces of land to so many people, hence the disorder. Lusaka City Council is an agent of the Central Government in Land Administration in the City of Lusaka on behalf of the Commissioner of Lands at the Ministry of Lands. Also, Lusaka City Council is a Planning Authority in addition to the Lusaka Province Planning Authority. Ordinarily, Lusaka City Council would identify land and make a proposal for creation of residential, commercial and institutional plots. This process may be done by the council depending on the nature of the land, that is, land falling under the Housing (Statutory and improvement Areas) Act, CAP 194 of the Laws of Zambia and State Land. Once the creation is done, the layout plan is sent to the Surveyor General’s office for numbering and later sent back to council which will then advertise to the general public for them to apply for alienation of these pieces of land. Consequently, successful applicants are recommended to the Commissioner
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99 of Lands for offer letters. This procedure is also followed in areas which started as informal/squatter settlements except that the council generates offer letters instead of recommending to the commissioner. Nevertheless, the council has tended to abuse its powers in land administration. There have been a number of allegations for corruption in land allocations. The illegal allocation of land has, in turn, led to some structures being demolished, a situation which is undesirable and a loss to the victims. Issuance of Title Deeds and Trade Permits The council has been and continues to issue several documents relating to land tenure such as land record cards, occupancy licenses and certificates of titles to genuine property owners. The council provides legal services with regard to: Estate management; trading permits, lease agreements; and land management. The council renews expired occupancy licenses for residents and provides these to those who do not have. Various trading licenses are issued by the council annually for those who conduct their various businesses in the city - It is illegal for one to trade or do business without a license and such individuals are often, when found, penalized by having their businesses closed until they comply with the civic laws. The council also prepares and enters into lease agreements with private individuals who have entered into business partnership/relationship with the council, for example, management of parks and open spaces, commercial properties on rental basis etcetera. The council also strives to reduce complaints relating to land disputes emanating from double allocations and/or illegal allocation by unscrupulous people. It is worth noting that, with regard to these legal services, the council is quite effective in doing its work. The study found out
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