350 Chongwe residents sue council over land


OVER 350 Chongwe residents have dragged Chongwe District Council over the absence of legal documents in the procurement process of respective plots on lot F/87a/A/C/1, former quarantine land of Silverest are in the district.

The residents represented by Stella Willima, said despite the residents paying the K500 each for the piece of land as recommended by the council to the Commissioner of Lands, there has not been any legal documentation issued to that effect.

In a statement of claim filed before the Lusaka High Court, Ms Willima said the plaintiffs have complied with the request from the council and each issued with receipts to that effect, but that there was no production of legal documents in respect to the individual plots.

“That by a letter dated the 21st July 2016 to the Permanent Secretary of Lusaka Province from the second defendant, Chongwe District Council, and which letter was also copies to the plaintiffs’ advocate Messrs Marshal Chambers, the 1st and 2nd defendants impressed on the plaintiffs to each pay “a consideration fee of five hundred kwacha (K500.00) before recommendations are submitted to the Commissioner of Lands for onward generation of offer letters”.

“That the 1st and 2nd defendants however, seem not to be attending to the production of legal documents in respect to the individual plots of the plaintiff,” she said. The residents have since requested the courts for “an order directed to the 1st an d 2nd defendants to conclude all legal documents that will come/bring to vest in the plaintiffs, their legal ownership of their respective plots on F/87a/A/C/1, former quarantine land of Silverest, Chongwe.”

Earlier in another matter before court, another resident on behalf of the 350 residents Germano Kaulungombe sought the Courts intervention for an order to direct the Commissioner of Lands to offer them the portions of land in question, with costs.