Lusaka City Council demolishes illegal structures at COMESA market in night operation

  • The local authority served the structure owners with various notices to remove their goods and vacate the premises, but to no avail.
  • Failure by the structure owners to adhere to these notices prompted the Council to collaborate with the State Police and conduct an operation.
  • The Council acted on a court order for those that encroached on a titled plot,

 

Lusaka City Council in collaboration with the State Police, has demolished illegal makeshift stalls at COMESA market in an operation conducted from 23:00hrs yesterday to 03:30 hrs this morning.

Council Assistant Public Relations Manager, Nyambe Bulumba said before the demolition exercise, the local authority served the structure owners with various notices to remove their goods and vacate the premises, but to no avail.

Mr. Bulumba explained that the makeshift stalls were illegally constructed and encroached on a titled plot, the road reserve, and blocked access to the entrance of the COMESA ZESCO Substation.

“The failure by the structure owners to adhere to these notices prompted the Council to collaborate with the State Police and conduct an operation from 23:00hrs yesterday to 03:30hrs this morning, removing the illegal structures and restoring order and sanity,” Mr. Bulumba stated.

He added that Council acted on a court order for those that encroached on a titled plot, as well as correcting order and sanity for those with illegal structures in the road reserve and ZESCO substation, respectively.

“The Council has impounded the goods found in the shops of those who did not comply with the call at the Civic Centre for safekeeping, and owners are advised to come to our offices to identify and reclaim their goods,” he added.

Mr. Bulumba urged citizens to always engage the Council when erecting structures in the city to avoid being inconvenienced by the law.

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