PRESSURE is mounting on Lusaka City Council to stop a Chinese national from the illegal construction of shops on the land earmarked for the US$400 million Millennium Challenge Compact Project on water and sanitation along the Bombay drainage system behind the Tazara House.
This is after the Ministry of Local Government Permanent Secretary Stanford Msichili demanded to know why the council had allowed the Chinese national to continue with the illegal construction of shops on the land ear-marked for another project.
Mr. Msichili said the ministry had received numerous complaints about the illegal allocation of land to a Chinese national who has since commenced construction works despite the city council revoking the permit for the construction of shops.
“We are aware as a local authority that this piece of land behind Tazara is a contentious issue and we believe that we could have gone against the agreement with the Millennium Challenge project and we have since sought guidance on how to deal with it from the Lusaka City Council. Drainage is critical for our people and the safety of our town, water is also critical for our people and it is with this in mind that I wrote to the council demanding that they make their position clear on how they allowed this to happen when they knew that the place is earmarked for the American-funded project to Zambia,” said Mr. Msichili. He said the Lusaka City Council Town Clerk Alex Mwansa was a member of the board spearheading the Millennium Challenge Project and was hopeful that the matter would be addressed soon in the interest of the people of Zambia.
Mr. Msichili said a decision has to be made sooner rather than later in national interest.
The Lusaka City Council revoked the planning permission given to Chinese national last year in October before he resurfaced with his construction works which have also displaced Zambians trading on the same land.