Lusaka Town Clerk, Alex Mwansa, says a procedure was followed in the sale of the Libala Tennis Court which has raised public debate.
In a statement availed to the media in Lusaka, Mr Mwansa said the move was taken in order to raise revenue for the council to enable it resolve some of its immediate needs.
He said the local authority from time to time assesses the performance of its assets with regard to the contribution to the overall income and how the various assets could enhance revenue for the council.
The Town Clerk explained that this is done to ensure the best returns are obtained from its assets.
He said the Libala Tennis Court has been inactive for a long time adding to the facility being encroached.
Mr Mwansa said it was for this reason that the council decided to sell the sports facility to a suitable developer identified through open in bidding to revitalize the amenity.
He further explained that this process commenced a long time and the council attempted to obtain a loan in October 2011 to redevelop the land but were unsuccessful.
He said per procedure the item was further required to be reported to the full council and the meeting was held on April 13, 2015.
Mr Mwansa said the council duly approved the recommendation of the joint committee in the meeting and the council resolved that the Libala Tennis Court be advertised for sale.
However, Libala Ward 7 Councillor Emmanuel Chanda has revealed that there has never been an approval for the sale of the council property.
Mr Chanda has since petitioned Lusaka Mayor to halt any transactions to establish what really happened.
He said there were a lot of inconsistencies in the process which could have led to the sale of the piece of land were sold off, especially that the decision was confirmed outside the normal channel of council business.
Mr Chanda said the processes used did not allow for public participation which the residents have refused to accept, as they were not consulted.
“I have petitioned the Mayor of Lusaka to halt all activities surrounding the development plans for the said five hectares of land which included the Looters Basketball Court until all questions are answered.
“There were a lot of inconsistencies in the manner the property was sold off and the residents have asked me to get to the bottom of all this and find out the truth about the whole matter,” he said.
Mr Chanda said the council minutes were still not yet approved and wondered how the committees concerned undertook to approve the sale and conditions thereof of a suitable developer.
“How was the decision arrived at when the council minutes have not been approved? And how did the committee sit to look at the items in a document not yet approved, to table the terms of reference for the developer?” he questioned.
The Minister of Local Government and Housing Dr John Phiri has demanded a report on the alleged sale of council properties around the capital city, and a report was submitted to his office last week.
The council said report included all other assets claimed to be non-performing as they did not provide value addition to the local authority.
Some councillors have dubiously sold off some council property and pocketed the money, which has riled residents.
Some individuals have title to some LCC property despite the local authority having no record of sale at the Civic Centre.