Governor rejects accusation


NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has brushed aside accusations that he had failed to convert settlements into suburbs.
He was responding to 8-Mile settlement leader Bonny Igime who had accused Parkop of shifting the blame on the Lands Minister and Lands Department.
Parkop said Igime was “playing politics with the settlement issues” because he was planning to contest the National Capital District governor’s seat in the national elections nexy year.
But Igime said Parkop had been promising people in settlements such as at 8-Mile, 9-Mile, Wild Life and Morata that he would develop them into suburbs with modern amenities and infrastructure.
Igime said Parkop should have engaged the National Capital District Commission physical planning division to conduct surveys and subdivide the settlements.
“This is not hard to accomplish because he has all the National Capital District Commission resources at his disposal,” Igime said.
“Even Prime Minister Peter O’Neill went to the 8-Mile settlement last year and announced that all settlers (there) will be given land titles.
“Governor Parkop was also there with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when he told the settlers that they would be given land titles.”

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