Some Lusaka residents living near the Ngwenya Dam in Chawama Constituency are up in arms against the local authority over its plans to give the facility to a South African investor to develop it into a tourist destination.
They said it was unfair to take them by surprise because the council sh0uld have consulted them in its plans to engage a South African firm to invest in the area.
The residents told Millennium Radio News that they had earlier engaged the council to turn the dam into a cooperative for business purposes but were disappointed that the facility was now being offered to a South African investor.
“We engaged the council in our plans to form a cooperative to start utilizing the dam for business purposes but we are disappointed that the dam has been given out to a South African investor,’’ one resident said.
Last week the council announced that the dam has been given to Maria Pleasure Resort of South Africa which is expected to turn the dam into a pleasure resort.
The residents told Millennium Radio News in random interviews that they had suggested forming a cooperative called Ngwenya Company Trust to use the dam for different economic activities.