THE Lusaka City Council has abused its role as an agent of the Ministry of Lands in the management and administration of land in the city, UPND vice president Canisius Banda has said.
Commenting on the revelation that the Lusaka City Council was now selling road reserves in Lusaka’s Libala Stage one township, Dr. Banda said the action was illegal and should be stopped forthwith.
He said the local authority was abusing its role as an agent in land administration and management on behalf of the Ministry of Lands.
Dr. Banda said the role of agent has been abused not only by the Lusaka City Council but also councils throughout the country, adding that there was need for Government and in particular the Ministry of Lands to revise the system and avoid the problems they were facing now and in the future.
“Councils are land agents for the Ministry of Lands. And this role has been abused. It is fraught with corruption,” he said. Last week, Libala and Kabwata residents were up in arms against the decision by Lusaka City Council (LCC) to sell road reserves in Kabwata Constituency.
Council Town Clerk Alex Mwansa confirmed in an interview with the Daily Nation that pressure was mounting from the residents of Kabwata and Libala who were pushing and demanding the cancellation of offer letters for the plots on space which was an active gazetted road
“I can confirm that residents are making demands for the council to cancel offer letters awarded to individuals on land reserved for roads. And actually the council is agreeing with the residents because the land in question is a road reserve and we don’t know how it was offered to some individuals for sale,” Mr. Mwansa said.
The council is under pressure to cancel offer letters for the plots on Katapa and Kabuzu Streets in Libala Stage 1. The land between Kapata Street and the corner of house number 124 in Libala and house number 161 Kabuzu Street was sold to a named car wash business.
Mr. Mwansa told the Daily Nation that investigations have commenced at the institution to establish how illegal land was allocated without following procedure or observation of the law that governs the Local Government and Lands Act.