Reverse Baobab land transaction – Lusaka mayor
LUSAKA Mayor, Daniel Chisenga has demanded that Government terminates and reverses the transaction with Egyptian investors currently proposing to develop Baobab land on Kafue Road.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka during the week, Mr Chisenga said that the previous Government allegedly usurped powers of the Lusaka City Council and single-handedly made the decision to give land to Legacy Holdings who promised to develop it by putting up a shopping mall, hotel and other structures.
Mr Chisenga said that when the council advertised asking residents to apply for plots in Baobab area, the Government accused councillors of wanting to share the plots among themselves.
He said it was on the basis of these unfounded suspicions that the previous Government usurped the powers of the local authority to give out land.
“We were ignored as a council by the MMD Government and what we are now asking the current Government is to reverse that whole transaction. From the start it is clear that there has been lack of transparency.
“As a council who are the planning authority, we are still in the dark about what these Egyptians are putting up there. All this is happening because the MMD decided to ignore us and it is appropriate that the Government reverses this transaction,” Mr Chisenga said.
He said that from the little information that the council had, it has turned out that Legacy Holdings allegedly sold the piece of land to an Egyptian investor who has only managed to set up base on the piece of land. Legacy Holding was given the land to develop and not to sell to other developers.
Mr Chisenga said that had the council been allowed to give out plots at the Baobab land, the local authority would have, by now, managed to develop it using service charges and land rates.
He said the land remained undeveloped to date because of the manner in which the transaction was handled.
Mr Chisenga said apart from servicing the area, the local authority could have been earning revenue through rates and service charges.
A Times visit to the area, recently, found a billboard that read: “Proposed Copperfield Village on sub 632 of Plot 4300.” The clients for the project are indicated as Legacy Holding Zambia. Legacy holding
Zambia was also the project manager.
[Times of Zambia]