In as much as the Lusaka City Council has the right and privilege to dispose of Council property (public property), caution, transparency and residents’ involvement should be exercised.
Specific consideration should be given to property which is aimed at youth creativity and development with a case in point being the reported sale of Libala Tennis court which was termed as ‘non-performing’. Its disappointing to note that council has failed to rehabilitate these properties not because they cannot afford to, but largely due to misapplication of priorities. Surely the entire city council or GRZ cannot fail to rehabilitate these properties. It is obvious that the local residents will not enjoy the privileges of these facilities once they fall into private hands.
We further wish to echo sentiments of many other concerned citizens in urging the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to take keen interest in the rampant manner in which public properties are being disposed of. Civic leaders must have courtesy for the residents by making sure there is sufficient information flow regarding public property. Civic leaders within Kabwata constituency must come out in the open and respond to allegations of corrupt practices on the aforementioned sale.
KABWATA 2016 Parliamentary Candidate (Independent)
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