About 3500 Lusaka residents,suing as Sata Villa Community have filed a petition in the Lusaka High Court asking the Court to compel President Edgar Lungu to repossess part of Farm 32a/c and 32a/F and allocate the land to them as Zambians.
The residents led by Gift Ng’andwe of House No. F 194 Chelstone Extension as the first petitioner have sued President Edgar Lungu as the first respondent, the Attorney General as the second respondent,Galaunua Farms Limited and eight other Galaun family members.
In their petition filed in the High Court registry petitioners who are residents of Munali constituency argue that the President is sued as first respondent in his capacity as President of Zambia and is only protected from legal proceedings in respect of anything done or omitted to be done in his private capacity as per article 43(1) of the Constitution of Zambia.
They want the Court to determine that President Edgar Lungu as the first respondent has powers and he should exercise them to compulsorily acquire or reposes the 500 hectares for underutilization and underdevelopment from farm land No.32a/c and farm 32a/f from the Galunia Farms Limited and allocate the same to the 3,511 landless poor Zambians.
They also want the Court to determine that the petitioners have equitable interest in the land in question as owners through adverse possession having been given in 1970 and have occupied the land since then.
The residents who are being represented by Lawyers Rabson Malipenga and Company want the Court to determine in the alternative that President Lungu may relocate the Galunia Farms Limited to any farming block for farming activities.
They argued that the land in question which is not being used and underdeveloped has merely been used for borrowing money from Banks through mortgages, backing this argument with figures and the Banks involved among the ZANCO,Barclays Bank and First Alliance Bank.
They have also submitted that the Galunia Farms Limited despite acquiring these farms for agricultural purposes has abandoned agriculture to be selling land as plots at exorbitant prices to the benefit of the two Galaun families to exclusion of the Zambian people.