LCC demolishes houses in Kanyama

A combined team of the Lusaka City Council (LCC) police and the Zambia police in the early hours of Friday swung into action demolishing 14 houses in Chinika area in Kanyama constituency.

Lusaka City Council public relations manager Mulunda Habenzu confirmed to the Daily Nation that the 14 houses were demolished because they were built on private land.

He warned that those wishing to purchase land from individuals should first engage council officials at the department of legal services for guidance.

Mr Habenzu said the council had decided to demolish the houses following a court order dated 4th February 2014 through the land tribunal.

He said of the 14 houses that were demolished, eight had been completed while the rest were only at slab level.

The Council has appealed to citizens to ensure that they followed the laws and channels of land acquisition to avoid having their structures demolished after spending colossal sums of money to build them.

Mr Habenzu said in the recent past, a lot of people have been invading open spaces without verifying the status of the pieces of land and that as a result, many have had their structures demolished hence losing their hard earned money.

He said it was important that people seeking to purchase land should consider consulting the services of the Council before making monetary transactions.

The houses that were demolished were built on plot number 34105 in Chinika area.