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Saturday, August 8, 2020

LCC seeks repossession of the unfinished building on Katondo Street

General News LCC seeks repossession of the unfinished building on Katondo Street

The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has written to the Commission of Lands to re-enter the unfinished building at the junction of Freedom Way and Katondo Street . The building has remained incomplete for over a decade now.

In an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka over the weekend,LCC Public Relations Manager Chanda Makanta said the Commission needed to repossess the building adding that the Council had been finding difficulties in pursuing the owner following frequent change of ownership of the structure.

She noted that the building posed a danger to the public as it was used as a hide out for criminals and prostitutes.

 

ZANIS

26 COMMENTS

  1. is this when you are noticing????????
    i completed in 98 and this building was on my daily commute! now that campaigns are near you want to act???????

  2. The hanging concrete hasn’t fallen on anyone yet, its a proper miracle unlike the fake miracles of Benny Hinn

  3. Msana wanzili for your own information something droped from the building and killed a woman and her baby who was sitted selling her marchendise by the road side just forgoten the year

    • I remember that incident. It was a piece of iron. Its sad this thing has been left like that for this long.

  4. This structure once complete will make a lovely office block. It’s a real eyesore as it is. 

  5. Maybe they should turn it into the Dora Siliya Centre for ZAMTEL dribbling. 

  6. That building was owned by Zambia state insurance, then it was sold to Handy mans paradise and the payment for the purchase came from auto world though Enock Kavindele was interested in the same building. It may be unfinished, but it works good as collateral when borrowing from the bank and that is the reason why Handymans paradise bought it.

  7. #7 Very good revelation. This building has been like that for more 20 years now and not 10 years. Same with Society House. Wait until one of these buildings implode. By the way LCC, none of the owners of any of the buildings in Lusaka has conducted any maintenance. Findeco House now has some wood panels for windows.

  8. #3 jabulani gulumule: Year should have been around 1995-97. I was a student at UNZA then.

  9. DEMOLITION is the way forward coz probably more than half its lifetime has been wasted and to go ahead and complete it is like plastering an already termite eaten hut with clay. it wont hold for a long time. call on the demolition experts!

  10. I just hope the relevant authorities shall act this time around or is it the usual business of just talking?
    What about simoson building?

  11. Zero Option: I agree with you. That building has been exposed to adverse weather conditions for almost 20 years. It will be a time bomb if completed and occupied.

  12. Shakas: Simoson building is a hot very political issue! They have tried many times but failed!

  13. No 13 and 15 i don’t agree with you, that building can still stand other 100 years! If worked on and complete it still has the strenght to do 100 years!

  14. #17 & 18, i doubt if at all there is a Zambian building built to withstand pressure for a century or more than a century. For your information, most of the houses on the copperbelt were built with a 50 year master plan, meaning after such a long period, they need to demolish and build anew. Here in the land of Nippon, most houses or buildings are built for a period of 20 years and we see building erected and building pulled down. They simply understand that nothing lasts forever. Even mega structures as subway tunnels spanning most of Japan, have a limited life span except they have been fortified to withstand most weak earthquakes

  15. 19.

    SEEMS YOU FAIL TO UNDERSTAND HOUSES HAVE BEEN BUILT IN 1700’S AND ARE STILL LIVABLE TODAY AND FETCH MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAGS.
    I KNOW MY HOUSE HAS A 50 YR WARRANTY BUT WILL LIKELY SURVIVE FOR 150 YEARS.
    HOW OLD IS THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE AND HOW OLD IS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE?
    LEARN BEFORE YOU COMMENT ON HOW LONG SOMETHING IS BUILT TO LAST.
    ENGINEERING MASTERS CAN STRENGTHEN ANY STRUCTURE THESE DAYS.

  16. @#20 Grade 3, understand that this building does not have finishing touches which themselves are a protective barrier against weather conditions such a precipitation, wind and radiant energy all of which affect civil structures. What you allude to are or were finished in time. I for one stay in a house that was built before independence right in Chingola but the mere fact that the building is standing even with imilala does not wash away the tag of depreciation. we simply need good structures built for the well being of zed and using ultra high standards not borrowed BS. we need to formulate real time ZABS for building engineering. so bwana landeniko fimbi. apo pena mwatoba ba Grade 3.

  17. awe, i cant comment. too many engineer bloggers. will expose my c+ in CE369 and ME232, and 321…..wapya!

  18. It can only happen pa Zed.That building has outlived its usefulness.Please can the ministry of Lands immediately give a go ahead to demolish it.

  19. This building should be repossessed, completed, and turned into offices for upcoming businesses owned by Zambians. The rentals are to be affordable as the tenants require to be enabled to work from an incubator environment.

  20. Ba LCC you always chasing vendors in town and yet that building has been lying idle for decades why not improvise it to accomodated all vendors along the streets in town all vendors can like to have a stall inside that building and you would have solved the problem of street vending in Lusaka additionally you be getting some trading fees to boost your revenue to allow you buy more equipment for garbage collection and pay council workers on time. remember the days of SATA things improved while he became incharge soon after he left back to square one.what a shame.
       

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