THE ministry of Lands has given Kanyama Constituency a piece of land in Garden House area for construction of a new school and hospital.
Area Member of Parliament Gerry Chanda, who confirmed this in an interview with the Sunday Times, said the land was for the construction of Michael Chilufya Sata Girls High School and Betty Kaunda Memorial Hospital, which would be funded by the Government.
Colonel Chanda said the land which had been lying idle was awarded after he approached the Commissioner of Lands to request for a bigger area as the initial one was small.
"The ministry of Lands has come to our rescue in that they have given us a bigger land where I have transferred the Michael Chilufya Sata Girls High School to and the Betty Kaunda Memorial Hospital," he said.
Col Chanda said Lusaka City Council had since moved to the area to re-plan the entire piece of land which used to be called the buffer zone initially belonging to the Zambia Army.
He said the Garden House population was increasing and that it was imperative for the area to have a school, health facility and police post, among other facilities.
Col Chanda said his investigations had revealed that Garden House was badly planned and that some of the encroachers had title deeds from the ministry of Lands.
On Richard Market, Col Chanda said he was waiting to be furnished with a report by Kanyama Police.
He reiterated that Patriotic Front (PF) members had no right to administer land issues, whether it was legally or illegally allocated as there were channels to be followed.
Recently, a group of irate PF members stormed the ruling party's Lusaka District offices and complained to the Sunday Times that some party officials in Garden House had chased them from Richard Market and were demarcating the land into residential plots.