State steps into Council asset plunder

 

GOVERNMENT has directed the Lusaka City Council to immediately provide a comprehensive report on the alleged illegal sale of land and other properties by councillors in Lusaka.

And the Lusaka City Council has said although it does not know the people behind the sale of some of its properties such as play parks, it is in the process of repossessing them.

Dr Phiri yesterday gave Lusaka City Council a 24 hours ultimatum in which to give him a comprehensive report on the illegal sale of land by councillors.

He said local councils in Zambia were mandated by law to obtain authorization to dispose land from the Minister of Local Government and Housing.

“If indeed land allocations have taken place, the onus is on the Lusaka City Council to explain the modalities it used to do so to the ministry. I have directed permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to demand from the Lusaka City Council Town Clerk a comprehensive report on the matter and all matters related to the purported land deals in the city,” he said.

Dr Phiri said the Lusaka City Council should explain the modalities it used to sell land.

He said he would not hesitate to take action against the council should evidence suggest that the law was flouted.

“As a result of the headline stories the paper has carried out in its 17th and 18th June 2015 publications, the minister has directed the permanent secretary to demand for a comprehensive report from LCC.

This report must reach me by today the 18th of June, 2015 without fail,” the statement read.

And Lusaka Town Clerk Alex Mwansa says although his council does not know the people behind the sale of some of its properties such as play parks, it is in the process of repossessing them.

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