THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has stopped the illegal construction of shops along the Bombay drainage system behind Tazara House and the local authority has instituted investigations in the matter to establish how the developer, a Chinese national, continued with the project which was cancelled.
Lusaka City Council Town Clerk Alex Mwansa told the Daily Nation yesterday that the council was investigating the matter.
Mr. Mwansa, who did not want to delve into details pertaining to the illegal land allocation, said even the local authority was shocked that the Chinese businessman had blatantly disrespected the letters written to him stopping him from constructing the shops.
“I have to confirm with you that the land in question is under investigations as we want to establish how the Chinese national acquired the same land behind Tazara. And we visited the site and issued instructions that he should stop constructions but we are told he has continued. “We wrote to him ordering him to stop the construction until the matter is thoroughly investigated on how he got that land and who gave him the authority to construct on that land,” said Mr. Mwansa.
When the Minister of Local Government John Phiri was contacted for a comment on the matter, he referred all queries to his permanent secretary Stanford Msichili, who promised to look into the matter.
The Daily Nation yesterday exposed a scheme in which senior Patriotic Front officials in Lusaka have allegedly illegally allocated land to a named Chinese national for construction of shops along the Bombay drainage system behind the Tazara House going against the Lusaka City Council directives to stop any further construction on the same piece of land in question.
According to the letter obtained from the Lusaka City Council on Thursday dated 28th October, 2014, the Lusaka City Council Town Clerk revoked the permit for the construction of shops on the land next to the Bombay drainage in Kamwala.
“Re: Withdraw of planning permission to commence construction works on plot 38793 and 38740 Kamwala plan 579/2014.
‘‘The above matter refers, I regret to inform you that the planning permission granted to you on 28th August, 2014 to commence construction works of shops on stand 38739 and 38740, Kamwala plan 579/2014 has been withdrawn with immediate effect following instructions from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, the planning and authority,” the letter by Mr. Mwansa stated in part.