Local Government and Housing Minister, John Phiri, today told Parliament that the Lusaka City Council has 37 play parks in Lusaka and none of them has been sold to private developers.
Dr Phiri, however, noted that the council has given land in Libala along Mwatusanga Road to an investor to build a shopping mall and develop an amusement park for children.
The minister disclosed this in a ministerial statement delivered to parliament following a point of order by Chongwe Member of Parliament, Silvia Masebo last week on June 30, 2015.
Dr Phiri stressed that there was no need for the council, which is a planning authority, to consult him as minister to dispose of property such as Mwatusanga land which he said has been dormant for a long time.
He said the council disposed of the property in order to raise funds to settle debts that include payment of retirees and added that the council followed procedure when disposing of the property in question.
Katombola MP, Regina Musokotwane, raised security concerns because the land told was located near state house but the minister dispelled the concerns, saying the land is near Brentwood and not state house as purported.
The Local Government Act provides that the council cannot sell land or property without obtaining authority from the Minister of Local Government and Housing.
The minister said he will provide the minutes of the council meeting which sat to decide on the sale of the land in question in order to clear allegations by some MPs that the local authority did not follow procedure when disposing of the property.
And Education Minister, Michael Kaingu, has told Parliament that government will not suspend ICT exams this year following the delay in delivering computers in schools especially those located in rural areas.
Dr Kaingu regretted the delay by government to deliver computers in some schools but said government will not suspend exams.
The minister stated that this year’s exams will be based on theory not practical because some schools have no computers but have learnt the theory part of the subject.
He said suspending the exams will make ICT teachers in schools that have received computers to relax and added that the nation should realise the importance of technology in today’s world.
Dr Kaingu was responding to a question by Kalabo Central MP, Chinga Miyutu, who wanted to know whether examinations in computer and business studies will be administered in rural schools in 2015 considering that learning and teaching aids in these subjects had not been delivered yet and whether the Government would exempt the affected schools from sitting for the examinations in these subjects.