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NLC launches probe on controversial Chembe Kibabamshe Settlement Scheme

By Nehemiah Okwembah | Oct 10th 2018 | 1 min read

The land commission has started public hearings on allocations in the Chembe Kibabamche settlement scheme.

Through the hearings that began on Monday, the National Land Commission (NLC) is expected to determine the ownership of more than 1,000 plots and end a protracted row between locals and landlords.

The scheme has been rocked by claims of double land allocation and absentee landlords, which have seen some residents who have lived there for decades evicted.

“Some people have come here claiming they have title deeds but they do not even know their neighbours,” said Kaingu Shombo, a former councillor.

Sale agreements

The NLC team, headed by the acting chairperson, Abigael Mbagaya, will tour the area for four days. Two other commissioners are also in the group.

The commission has directed those who claim to have bought land in the scheme to furnish it with sale agreements, title deeds and witnesses, failing which it would revoke ownership.

The inquiry is likely to awaken memories of five years ago when several people, including a politician, were taken to court, accused of being involved in illegal land allocation in the scheme.

Some observers have said the latest NLC hearings in the area are politically instigated. They claimed that the team was invited by a senior county official to settle political scores.


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