A LAND wrangle has erupted between two churches over who was the true owner of a plot on which they have both built temporary structures of worship in Lusaka’s Kabanana area.
The Kabanana Seventh-Day Adventists Church has sued another church, the Salvation Army Chimwemwe Society over the ownership of a piece of land they claimed was theirs since 2000.
The SDA church in the area has appealed to the High Court through a statement of claim that they acquired title to the land known as sub-division 24/79 of stand number 8195, Kabanana site and service, in Lusaka through an applciation to the Lusaka City Council (LCC) who issued them an offer letter.
They explained that after the offer letter, the SDA cleared the area and put up a temporal wooden structure which they have been using for worhship for over 15 years.
“In 2008, the defendant (Salvation Army) wrongfully entered the said land which was in possession of the plaintiff and wrongfully constructed a wooden structure next to the SDA stucture, saying they have been allocated the land by the area councillor, Mr Sampa,” SDA said in ther claim.
They charged that despite numerous requests to the Salvation Army to stop the developemnt on the piece of land, they refused to leave the land.
The SDA congregation said they were issued with certificate of title for the said land and have asked the courts to nulify any title owned by the Salvation Army.
“An injuction to restrain the defendant by itself, its servants or agents or otehrwise howsoever from remaining on or continue in occupation of the said land and damages,” they said.
They said unless restrained, their colleagues would continue to wrongfully occupy the land which was allegedly not theirs, which was trespassing.