GOVERNMENT intends to review the 65-year lease agreement the Lusaka City Council signed in 2002 with China Henan, the developers of Luburma Market, famously called Kamwala Market because there is seemingly discontent by the local people who are renting the facility.
Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo told Parliament yesterday that his office has been flooded with complaints of high rentals by the private developers.
Mr Kampyongo said public-private partnerships (PPP) must be mutually beneficial, but it is clear that the Luburma Market case is not.
“I have a strong feeling that the developers of Luburma Market are benefiting more than the marketeers and this ought not to be the case,” Mr Kampyongo said.
He said by law, the lease agreement can now be reviewed because it is 10 years old.
“Charging in United States dollars has brought a lot of stress to our marketeers, especially at this time when things are not ok economically. I wish to assure our marketeers that the PF [Patriotic Front] is there for them and will not let them down,” Mr Kampyongo said.
He said he has since issued a directive to all developers not to charge in dollars.
And Mr Kampyongo has said while Government is concerned about street vendors, it will not chase them from the streets because they are earning a living there.
“We will not chase vendors like dogs. They are merely trying to earn a living,” Mr Kampyongo said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kampyongo has declared that the PF will win next year’s elections with ease.
“PF is coming back next year. Make no mistake [about this]. The works will speak for themselves,” he said.
Mr Kampyongo said the PF is a pro-poor party that has so far taken development to every part of the country.