The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has said justified the demolition of what it described as illegal structures in Kabwata.
In a statement released to the media by Assistant Public Relations Manager, Ms Brenda Katongola, the council said that people People should be sensitized about acquisition of land or any property in Lusaka, adding that people should know that the Council is mandated by law to administer land on behalf of the Government and that as as a local authority, the council will not condone illegalities because they want want to maintain law and order in the city.
“People should be sensitized about acquisition of land or any property in Lusaka. They should know that the Council is mandated by law to administer land on behalf of the Government. As a local authority, we will not condone illegalities; we want to maintain law and order in the city,” Mr Mwansa said.
On Wednesday night LCC demolished over 30 illegal structures in Lilayi Shaft five (05) area. Among the structures that were demolished were 18 houses at window level, four at roof level, three long wall fences and several slabs and foundations.
The combined operation that started 20 minutes after midnight and lasted over one and a half hours was done in conjunction with the Zambia Police.
Lusaka Town Clerk Alex Mwansa advised people wishing to acquire land in Lusaka to go through the normal procedure by consulting through the Council.
Illegal development occurs when a developer under takes developments without planning permission from the Planning Authority. This may include development of a new structure or making changes to an existing structure or material change of use of the structure.
In some instances, the developer may be required to regularize the development or demolish the structure completely.
Before a structure is demolished an Enforcement Notice is served on the illegal developer as required under Section 31 of the Town and Country Planning Act (Cap 283) of the Laws of Zambia. The Enforcement Notice gives 28 days in which the remedy to the breach can be carried out failure to which the structure may be demolished.
“The Lusaka City Council is empowered to recover the cost of demolishing the structure from the illegal developer. The Lusaka City Council uses demolitions as one way of development control in the City like in the case of squatters, land invaders etc, ” concluded the statement.