At the rate the Lusaka City Council is selling community property, it is not in doubt that few years from now the local authority would have nothing to call its own.
It seems the Lusaka City Council’s core duty now is to sell whatever community property they have.
It is not long ago that we carried stories exposing the disposing of play parks and land around the Looters tennis and basketball courts.
Even if there were hesitations in confirming the stories, the matter ended in Parliament with the Minister of Local Government then John Phiri stating the obvious.
While stakeholders were against the transactions, the council went ahead to illegal dispose of the property.
With information coming through that three organisations are interested in Olympia swimming pool, we doubt that this transact would fail.
If anything, we can simply say the Olympia Swimming Pool is a done deal.
But the council should be advised that it has a duty to maintain some of the community property which they should make affordable to members of the public.
The city fathers should be alive to the fact that when public property changes ownership into private hands, such facilities become expensive to the ordinary people.
It is for this reason that civic leaders should look for best options for community property rather than rushing into selling.
The Lusaka City Council should be in the forefront of inviting the private sector to adopt some of the community property to improve their standards.
There are so many private companies willing to adopt some community property as long as their names are associated with such facilities.
We have seen how the middle of Cairo Road in Lusaka has been transformed, all because banks adopted the area which they have beatified with flowers.
We are of the belief that if the Lusaka City Council for help to transform the Olympia Swimming pool, some companies could have responded and given the required support.
It is not good for the council to be keeping community in a deplorable state just because someone wanted to find a buyer.
This is the case with what the Lusaka City Council is terming as “unsolicited interest in Olympia Swimining Pool”.
It cannot be a coincident that three organisations pushed in the Lusaka City Council mail “unsolicited interest in the same swimming pool.
It cannot be further from the truth that the three organisations must have heard something from someone about the council’s future plans about the swimming pool.
But as we have said, the council should take public interest into consideration before disposing of community property.