Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa has refuted claims that Buseko market and Matero Hall have been sold. The Mayor explained in a letter dated April 14, 2021 which is addressed to Local Government minister Charles Banda and copied to Town Clerk Alex Mwansa and Deputy Mayor Christopher Shakafuswa that it was just not possible to ever sell a Council property without the knowledge and approval of the Ministry of Local Government.
This comes following Daily Nation Newspaper’s report that the two facilities were sold.
But Mr Sampa said he was surprised with the minister’s statement in Daily Nation, explaining that in his three year tenure as Mayor of Lusaka from 2018, he made it a point that no LCC asset was sold.
The Mayor stated therefore, that it is not true that Buseko market and Matero Hall have been sold.
“It is just not possible to ever sell a Council property without the knowledge and approval of the Ministry of Local Government. In addition, I have never chaired any Full Council meeting that approved the sale of the said 2 assets.
The factual truth about Buseko market was that in a Council Housing Committee meeting dated 1st October, 2015 and chaired by then Matero Ward 24 Councillor Lee Mukupa and under Mayor Ken Nyendwa, a decision was made to attract investors to modernise the market via a PPP,” the letter further read. “When I became Mayor in 2018, we decided to write to the PPP Central Government Unit at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) seeking permission to proceed with the PPP.”
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