The Kapiri Mposhi district council has hiked the sand levies for out of town customers from K20 to an astronomical K350 per truck load and Council chairperson Obby Kabasa says those who are not happy with the resolution can go to hell because the sand will not rot even if they don’t buy.
But the astronomical increase which came into effect on 1st January 2017 has been described as a move that will eventually make the cost of building to be very high in the neighbouring towns such as Kabwe and Mpongwe and Masaiti. A section of builders have appealed to local government minister Vincent Mwale to intervene in the matter which has been described as divisive.
During a full council meeting, the council stated that the town which has some of the best sand was being left underdeveloped while the sand mined from the area was building impressive structures in other towns such as the Kabwe shopping mall.
“We have resolved to increase the levies of sand from K20 per truckload to K350 and K250 if it is a Canter size of truck with effect from 1st January 2017 because our sand is being used to develop other towns while we remain under developed. those who don’t want must leave because our sand will not rot,” bragged Kabasa.