THERE is need for Lusaka residents to demand for a change of management and systems at the Lusaka City Council (LCC) by pressing Government to dissolve the council and appoint a district governor instill discipline among officers in the institution, former Emmasdale Ward Development Committee (WDC) Chairman Naz Dodia has observed.
Mr. Dodia told the Daily Nation yesterday that the illegal land allocation in Lusaka was not a new thing but an old one which successive governments had failed to address due to some corrupt council officers and councilors.
He recalled that his team was constantly engaged in fighting the illegal creation of plots in the area where plots were either created on the road and on the roadside in Emmasdale and Matero areas as well as along Commonwealth Road and old sanitary spaces of land within Matero while he was Ward 28 chairperson.
“It must be mentioned that from 2007 to 2009, we made efforts to communicate with the Member of Parliament for Matero constituency regarding the matter of illegal plots but to no avail. It was later discovered that the Member of Parliament was also a beneficiary of one such plot,” Mr. Dodia said.
He narrated that there were a lot of problems as regardsland grabbing and illegal allocation in Lusaka and that if nothing was done, things could get worse.
Mr Dodia cited the story which was carried by the Daily Nation where the council had created a plot on the road in the area as some of the shortcomings of the council which had not been addressed despite being exposed to the public.
“In 2007 some unscrupulous land dealers attempted to create plots on Chimukoko road and Kapoche road in Emmasdale Lusaka. The WDC stopped this by writing to LCC. Presently a number of plots have been created, one along Green Roof Road which restricts residents from going through. A plot was created at the end of Mumbulu Rd where a church has been built. A warehouse has been built along the roadside of Mwatiamvu Road in Emmasdale, under Zesco power lines and over the drainage.
He accused council officers of exacerbating the scourge by making decisions aimed at benefiting themselves while hiding in the same resolutions to advance their agenda without realizing the havoc such haphazard decisions created on society.
Mr Dodia noted that there was no need for Zambians to blame the party in power today but that the trend had become a norm in society regardless of the party in power.