OVER 2,000 people have sued Galaun Holdings managing director Michael Galaun and the Attorney General seeking an order to determine borders of land belonging to the company and the former Natural Resource Development College (NRDC).
Mr Gift Ng’andwe and 2,000 others are also seeking an order from the Lusaka High Court for an interim injunction to restrain the company from erecting a fence without the verification of the boundary between Mr Galaun and former NRDC land.
They also want the court to grant them an order to compel Galaun Holdings to give them first option to buy the land and that he should be stopped from changing its commitment to sell part of its land.
The plaintiffs said the court should order the commissioner of lands to offer them plots on the land that would be found belonging to former NRDC.
According to an affidavit filed in the High Court, the plaintiffs have been pursuing the piece of land between Mutumbi cemetery and Ngwerere farm through the Ministry of Lands.
“We were referred to the Survey department under the ministry of Lands where they told us that the land in question belonged for former NRDC and part of it to Galaun Holdings,
“We engaged the Surveyors Department to come and establish the boundary between the land of former NRDC and Galaun Holdings Limited but they are being frustrated by officials from the ministry of lands who are also interested in the same land,” the affidavit reads in part.
Mr Ng’andwe and others said through community representatives that they approached management of Galaun Holdings and had a meeting at Chelstone police station with Mr Galaun’s representatives.
They said Mr Galaun requested for a meeting which took place at Parliament with Munali member of Parliament Nkandu Luo, two constituency officials from Chakunkula ward, constituency chairman from the Patriotic Front and the police officer in charge.
They said the meeting resolved that the two community representatives of the plaintiffs should inform the community members to vacate the disputed land so that Mr Galaun’s size of land was determined by the surveyors.
Mr Ng’andwe and others said the community members were surprised that without involvement of the plaintiffs Mr Galaun brought the bulldozer to clear the land without the determination by land surveyors.
They said they were surprised that police officers went and arrest people from the nearby community who were only interested in buying the land from Mr Galaun.