St Mary’s Sec School parents protest mall construction

 

It does not matter who the owners of the land are, what is important is that we do not want the Shopping Mall to be constructed near St Marys Secondary School, a concerned Parent has said.

Reacting to a statement by the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) that the land earmarked for development of a mall does not belong to the school, parents of pupils at St Mary’s Secondary School in Lusaka said they would not allow the construction of the shopping mall near the school premises because it would disturb their girls’ education.

This follows talks between ZCCB, who are the owners of the land and a South African company who have agreed to construct a shopping mall on a piece of land next to the school premises.

Mr Sinda disclosed in an interview that it did not matter who the owners of the land were but that the project should be halted.

He disclosed that ZCCB was planning to rent out part of its land to a South African company because it had financial problems.

Mr Sinda, however, said priority should be given to the pupils so that they were able to learn in an environment that did not disturb their academic programmes.

“It does not matter who the owners of the land are. What is important is that we do not want that project. Priority should first be given to the pupils,” he said.

Another parent who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the land in question was within the school grounds and that ZCCB should find another piece of land for the proposed shopping mall.

Ms Agatha Muyunda, another concerned parent, explained that her fears were that the girls would be prone to harassment by male workers and taxi drivers at the mall.

And St Mary’s Secondary School Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) chairperson said that she could not comment on the matter because it was still under discussion.

But according to ZCCB secretary general Cleophas Lungu, the land where the school was situated belonged to the Archdiocese of Lusaka, and it was there that the construction of the mall had been proposed.