THE Patriotic Front-dominated Lusaka councillors and officers have allocated themselves over 80 plots at the Lilayi Housing Development Project in a swap deal.
This followed the swapping of Farm 915 in Lilayi between the Lusaka City Council and Messrs Lilayi Housing Development. The plots went to the mayor and his deputy, town clerk and some members of staff.
According to minutes of the second ordinary meeting of the plans, works and development committee held at the Civic Centre on November 17 last year but read during the third ordinary meeting on January 3 this year, out of the 102 plots at the site, council officials allocated themselves 82 plots while 11 went to members of the public and eight to litigation.
The minutes obtained by the Zambia Daily Mail in Lusaka on January 13 also show that 45 plots have been allocated to councillors, 10 to the office of the mayor, five to the office of the deputy mayor and another five to the town clerk’s office.
Members of staff have been allocated 16 plots, office of the councillor for Lilayi Ward 4 has two plots, litigation eight plots and members of the public only receiving an allocation of 11 plots.
During the meeting, the acting director of legal services presented a report on the allocation of plots at Lilayi Housing Development Project. Members were informed that following the successful swapping of the land, a meeting attended by the acting director of legal services, acting director of city planning, Lusaka mayor Daniel Chisenga, Kanyama member of Parliament Gerry Chanda and the chairperson of plans, works and development committee discussed the allocation of properties in Lilayi.
The acting director of city planning said the Lilayi Housing Development Project had provided the council with temporary numbers to be used to identify properties before the formal numbering was done by the Commissioner of Lands.
It was also learnt that following the meeting held on December 23 last year, the councillors, acting director of legal services and acting director of city planning agreed that provisional offer letters be issued pending a formal decision by the plans, works and development committee.
It was at that point that the acting director of legal services availed the meeting with the proposed format of allocation of the plots to councillors, mayors, town clerk, members of staff and the public and a few for litigation.
Before this meeting, the acting director of city planning had tabled a report on the proposed land swap between the Lusaka City Council and Lilayi Housing Development Farm 915, Lilayi.
It was planned that the area would be serviced with water, sewer system, street lights, paved roads, storm water drains and street scape in addition to the erection of a wall fence with one secure entrance.
Committee members were informed that the piece of land measured approximately 6.3 hectares comprising 102 residential plots on an average of 400 square metres which the council valued at K40 million per plot, considering the difference in land value between the unserviced Lusaka City Council land (Sub A/915) and that of the Lilayi Housing Development.
The committee was told that plot beneficiaries would be required to pay a premium as top-up on the value of the land.
During discussions, the committee learnt that should the council agree to the land swap proposal, Messrs Lilayi Housing Development would proceed to develop some roads leading to their site to bitumen standard level at their own cost.
Other proposals presented to the committee meeting included the regularisation of stands 25090 and 25091 in Emmasdale and the existing commercial plot off Mumbwa Road, creation of two commercial plots on the Great East Road Chelston area, residential stands near Parliament compound and a plot on Commonwealth Avenue next to Petroda Filling Station.
Members who attended the meeting were a Mr C Msiska (chairperson), a Mr J Ngosa (vice chairperson), a Mr P K Chabala, Colonel Chanda (Kanyama MP), a Mr M Daka, Mandevu MP Jean Kapata, J. Mandeva, J. Njebe, Lusaka Mayor Chisenga and his deputy as ex-officio members of the committee.
[Zambia Daily Mail]