Chinese nationals demolish property of Zambian developers


A CHINESE national who demolished structures on land owned  by Zambians opposite Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa stadium has been reported to police for malicious damage of property.

The four developers sitting on a two-hectare piece of land said the destroyed property was valued at over K600,000

“We cannot be ill-treated by a Chinese over land that we legally acquired after exhausting all procedures,” said Ernest Lufunda, one of the developers on Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway.

A Chinese national identified as Linda from a Kitwe-based company named Mineral Junction and Transport has since been reported to Twapia police station.

According to an eye witness, Mathews Musonda, three Chinese nationals in the company of police officers approached the piece of land with a front end loader and started demolishing three semi-detached blocks of flats and wall boundaries surrounding three plots.

But Mr Lufunda said the Chinese national did not serve the affected Zambians with any documents justifying the demolition.

He further insisted that the said land was on title and documents from ministry of lands were available.

“Our plots were surveyed in 2001 and 2007, the Chinese nationals have title dated 2012. What is shocking is that the police offered protection to the Chinese nationals ignorantly without knowing the action which was being undertaken was illegal.

“I had gone to the Ndola police and asked if they had been served with court order to demolish structures by the Chinese woman, but an officer I found expressed ignorance and said officers were released just to protect them. But I pro0mise that this Chinese woman will pay through her nose,” said Mr Lufunda.

Another developer on site, Ronald Kombe, said he had title for plot number 38527 which even the director of engineering services from Ndola City Council had been inspecting the works.

He said the writ of possession the Chinese had was not bearing his plot number but the ones across the road.

“I tried to stop the Chinese national because I even had an order to stop any activity on the plot. I showed the police the court documentation but was not offered any help, I argued that I be added to the case and legal process be exhausted before buildings be demolished but my plea was not heard,” he said.

Last week Mr Kombe was forced to vacate his plot opposite the Levy Mwanawasa stadium by bailiffs using a writ of possession to pave way for a Chinese national to take over the premises.

According to a writ of possession which was served by bailiffs in Loveness Kolala’s name, the Ndola City Council cancelled plot number 38741/m to plot number 38884/1 but executed the order on Mr. Kombe’s premises on plot number 38527

According to documents obtained by the Daily Nation, Mr. Kombe bought the said land on the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way in 2012, at which time he was issued with title and given the go ahead to develop the land by the Registrar of Lands northern office.

However, former Minister of Lands Gladys Lundweis is alleged to have bought the same land in question the following year and later sold it to a Chinese national for K1 million.

Documents also indicate that when the matter regarding the two title deeds was heard, the court redirected that the lands tribunal sit to resolve the matter but has so far failed to hear the matter.

The writ of possession was served without any judgement or final hearing from the tribunal thereby raising suspicion in way the matter has been handled, according to Mr Kombe, who is planning on taking legal action.