SPORTS Minister, Chishimba Kambwili has directed the Livingstone City Council and the provincial administration to declare as null and void the sale of a council swimming pool to a private individual at a cost of K4 million by the previous regime.
Kambwili, who was speaking during his tour of sports facilities in Livingstone at the weekend, said the swimming pool should be reverted back to the council and the K4 million be paid back.
The Minister also proposed the turning of Villa Grounds in Livingstone into a rugby pitch saying he would soon engage some hotel owners in the tourist capital to sponsor a rugby team in the area.
"I will be engaging some hotel owners in Livingstone to sponsor a rugby team in Livingstone. Unfortunately, Livingstone has no rugby team at national level and one area we can develop rugby is here at Villa Grounds," he said.
Kambwili, who also inspected Livingstone Golf Club said he was not impressed with what he saw at one of Zambia's oldest golf clubs, describing the place as very dirty.
"You don't need a Minister to tell you to clean and restock the bar at Livingstone Golf Club. We are looking at a concession signed between the golf club and the developer.
I will study the concession and send it to the Attorney General for legal opinion. My opinion is that the concession should be cancelled and be given to the executive committee," he said.
Kambwili also asked Zambezi Boating Club to write to his Ministry on what equipment they required to improve the facility.
"We have plenty of water in Southern Africa and there is no reason why we should not benefit from the sport at Zambezi Boat Club," he said.
He said he was impressed to see South Africa win a gold medal at the recently held London 2012 Olympics Games, saying Zambia has a lot of water and could be better to double efforts in tapping talent in provinces that have abundant water resource.
Kambwili also said he was in the process of restructuring the Ministry of Sport to improve sporting activities in the country.
Kambwili said President Michael Sata had directed that the Ministry of Sports and Youth should be reorganised to improve sports.
He said the previous government did not do much to improve sport in the country and accused the MMD of providing lip service adding that the Patriotic Front (PF) was proactive in the management of sports and would ensure that they turn things around and that the reorganisation of the Ministry had already started.