Council sells public pool?


THREE organisations have expressed interest to buy the Lusaka International Swimming pool located in Longacres area near the Lusaka International School.

Lusaka City Council Town Clerk Alex Mwewa confirmed to the Daily Nation that three organisations have so far written to the local authority expressing what he called unsolicited interests in the purchase of the property.

The organisations that have expressed interest to purchase the Olympic Swimming Pool are Ledham International School from South Africa, Braamtree Limited and Futsal Lamasat, a Lebanese company.

Mr. Mwewa said the Council has, however, not decided on the way forward as it was still consulting stakeholders and other relevant authorities on the matter.

“I can confirm that we have received three applications from organizations who have expressed interest in taking over the Lusaka International Swimming Pool, a property of the Lusaka City Council on behalf of the community. These three companies have expressed what I will call unsolicited interest but we have not made any decision over the property. The full council meeting will come up with a resolution after consultations are made. But I can confirm that we have people who have come forth to express interest in the property,” said Mr. Mwewa.

A check at the Olympic Swimming Pool on Friday found the facility open and people were swimming.

One of the officials found at the pool side told the Daily Nation that the Swimming Pool which was closed for a long time for purposes of renovations was re-opened last week on Tuesday.

“The way you have seen it, no renovations have taken place but the council decided to reopen it to the public. And we started operating on Tuesday. People are coming as you can see but it needs serious attention,” said the official who said the entrance fee for swimming was K20 per individual.

And according to documentation at the Lusaka City Council one of the organisations that have expressed interest in the Olympic Swimming Pool was an international school, the Ledham International School of South Africa.

The school wants an outright purchase of the property so it can constructs an international private school and a modern multi-purpose sporting complex while maintaining the pool facility.

The second organisation with interest in the Swimming Pool was Braamtree Limited a company owned by Bishops through Bishop Simon Chihana who want the place for the construction of an international Cathedral.

Futsal Lamasat, a company owned by Lebanese nationals in Zambia has offered to rehabilitate the swimming pool to international standards, maintain its initial plan and construct a modern Futsal pitch which would also house other sporting facilities such as squash, table tennis, tennis Court, basketball and Volleyball Courts respectively.

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