Government has sold Kalingalinga Police Post in Lusaka to a private developer who will construct a shopping mall.
Local Government and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale has confirmed on Twitter.
The confirmation comes after some citizens raised serious reservations on Twitter about the transaction following a Tweet by Lusaka resident Sipho Phiri who said he has been making improvements to the infrastructure for the past year thinking it was a long term community benefit.
Mr. Phiri expressed shock that selling the police post will mean thousands of people will be without a police station.
He then demanded for an explanation from government which he said should be ashamed of itself.
Information has also informed that the residents will have to instead use Mtendere police post.
Shortly afterwards, Mr. Mwale confirmed that indeed the Police station has been sold to pave way for a shopping mall.
“There is a developer who will construct a shopping mall where Mayela is but since the place is small, he has taken up surrounding Mayela (nightclub) including the police post, he will rebuild a better police post at a nearby place. The old one will not be demolished until a new one is in place,” Mr. Mwale Tweeted.
He further explained that Kalingalinga is an unplanned settlement and as the place gets upgraded, developers and residents will have to shuffle things around in order to accommodate new developments.
Mr. Mwale stressed that nothing belonging to the community should be lost.
“Mayela is a private property, it was/is not owned by government, the developer who bought Mayela and other surrounding properties is the one who will rearrange the place and building a new and better police post as I understand,” said in a further Tweet.
The PF government has come under heavy criticism in the recent past for its selling spree of strategic public assets such as the NRDC, Chimbokaila Prison and Jacaranda Basic School.