THOUSANDS of property owners in Lusaka risk having their buildings demolished for non-compliance with the city’s building laws, Lusaka City Council (LCC) chairperson for the Plans, Works, Development and Real Estate committee, Humphrey Kapapula, has said.
Mr. Kapapula noted that despite several warnings from the local authority, people have continued to build using unapproved plans.
He said he has warned residents to regularise their plans or risk having their properties demolished. “We need to create some order in the city; as a local authority we are concerned about mushrooming structures.
“We want to warn that the council will remove all those that are building without plans because there are laws governing building and people must abide by those laws,” Mr. Kapapula said.
He reiterated that those who would not abide by the law would be penalised.
Mr. Kapapula urged those who had already completed building their houses and those still building without council approval to approach the relevant offices for regularisation. “Those engaging in illegal building will be penalised because it is an offence and they can be taken to court. We need to check if their buildings are in line with our requirement,” he said.
Mr. Kapapula stated that the council had reinforced laws surrounding building. “We are very strict about it and we will be reinforcing. We are building capacity; as you are aware, recently we employed Local Government Service Commission personnel and council police officers. So, we will move in to reinforce the law,” he said.