COUNCILLORS POCKET $4 M FOR PARKS

 

LUSAKA councillors who have sold play parks in Libala and Woodlands are reportedly deadlocked on a U$4 million price tag with the Chinese buyer offering to seal the deal at U$3 million.

The parks were reportedly shared among councillors in a secretive and highly disguised procedure which did not involve residents directly.

The sale which has angered residents because of the lack of transparency and apparent conflict of interest has sparked demands for the Government to undertake a full scale investigation into the rampart sale and secret disposal of land meant for public use.

Last week, civil rights activist Brebner Changala demanded that 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).

Now residents have demanded for the cancelation of the deals and reversion of the properties back to the communities.

Minister of Local Government John Phiri said last night the alleged scam has not come to his attention but promised to follow up the matter.

Lusaka deputy mayor Potipher Tembo said he was not involved in the alleged dubious sale of the recreational centres in Woodlands and Libala.  “I am not involved in the sale of land at the council because we have committees which decide which land should be sold so I cannot talk about something that I am not involved in,” he said.

Mr Tembo said the person who leaked the information to the media was better placed to have facts.

“Ask those accused of having sold the same land if it is true they got the money and how much was it,” he said.  Last week, civil rights activist Brebner Changala demanded that 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).

Mr. Changala told the Daily Nation 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 explained that the Looters Basketball playing field in Libala had allegedly been sold to a Chinese investor to a tune of K12.1 million, while another property in Woodlands which was allegedly given to two councillors by the council, was also earmarked for selling by the duo.

“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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