By ADRIAN MWANZA –
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has been taken to court for allegedly allocating about 100 plots on a titled piece of land.
Disadvantaged Children Pathfinders Association Trust (DCPAT) has sued the LCC together with five other defendants implicated in the matter, as well the 100 squatters.
DCPAT patron Peter Simpemba said that his association decided to take legal action against the local authority and 100 squatters that had encroached on plot number LUS 33857 in Libala South, commonly known as Yellow Shop.
Mr Simpemba said this followed the squatters’ insistence that the council owed them a duty of care because it allegedly issued them with ownership documents.
He said LCC was crucial in resolving the impasse after the other party claimed during trial that they had valid offer letters from the local authority.
“LCC is crucial in trying to resolve the impasse after the other party’s claims that they are in possession of valid offer letters (from the council),” Mr Simpemba said.
Mr Simpemba said that LCC had advised DCPAT to either evict the squatters or ask them to buy off the plots they had illegally occupied.
He said the area was a prime piece of land which already had mansions that were too attractive to be demolished.
“This area is a prime piece of land which has mansions that are very attractive to be demolished or razed,” Mr Simpemba said.