Parks sold secretly


THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) must move in and swiftly investigate the alleged dubious sale of two recreational centres in Woodlands and Libala by the Lusaka City Council (LCC), civil rights activist Brebner Changala has demanded.

Mr. Changala told the Daily Nation yesterday that he was aware that the local authority had sold two recreational facilities in Lusaka to private investors at the expense of the locals despite calls by the President Edgar Lungu’s calls for more recreational centres across the country.

He said it was worrying that LCC had engaged in dubious ways of selling properties without the consent of the communities in which such facilities were erected to serve them.

“The scandal at the Lusaka City Council concerns two significant council properties which are entertainment facilities which belong to the people of Zambia and these are places which are supposed to serve the residents in areas they are located,” Mr. Changala said.

He explained that the Looters Basket Ball playing field in Libala had allegedly been sold to a Chinese investor to a tune of K12.1 billion, while another property in Woodlands which was allegedly given to two councillors by the council, was also earmarked for selling by the duo.

“The first one is a property on Chilimbulu road which has been used as a Basket Ball playing field for many years called Looters in Libala. This property has been sold to a Chinese for K12.1 million and one wonders whether that was the true amount or not.

One wonders whether the community of Libala was consulted, and if so, who are the beneficiary of the K12.1 million is. We don’t know if the council sat       to approve that transaction and if so, in whose interest the transaction was made,” he explained. He said the council’s offer of another piece of land to two councillors in Woodlands which was also used as a play park raised questions especially that the duo did not put any other structure after acquiring it but opted to sell it to a Chinese national, who was only willing to give them less than what they were demanding.

“The second property is in Woodlands; it is a play-park along Tonya road off-Mosi-oa-Tunya Road which was given to two councillors at the Lusaka City Council. Upon the completion of the conveyance by the two senior councillors, the two decided to sell the property at US$ 4 million to a Chinese national, who has only agreed to give them US$ 3 million but they want it to be sold at US$ 4 million so that they can equally share the money.

So, that is what has delayed the conclusion of the transaction,”  Mr Changala said.

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