Lusaka Mayor Miles Bwalya Sampa today broke his silence and welcomed the suspension slapped on the Lusaka City Council last week by the Local Government Minister Hon Charles Banda as indeed Land saga in the City has been one of the thorny issue he has had to deal with since assuming the Mayoral office in 2018.
He stated that it is true that there was a problem of illegal land allocations in Lusaka but that the real problems were historical even before him or current Councillors took office.
He stated that while it was good that all Councillors are being investigated as regards to land abuse, he prayed that the investigations could be cast wider within and outside LCC so as to ensure that the real and actual individuals within and outside LCC that engage in illegal land brokering are sorted out once and for all. He was hopeful that the investigations will also exonerate the innocent amongst Councillors, Management and staff at LCC.
His Worship Sampa was speaking at the LUSAKA JULY press conference with the PR Media Girls (Chishimba & Monde Nyambe) at the Le Elementos hotel in Rhodespark. Mayor Sampa is an ambassador for the LUSAKA JULY fashion event which has been rescheduled to September 5th due to the current Covid 19 surge in the City.
Mayor Sampa also amplified on the meaning of the LCC suspension by quoting the Minister Hon Banda who yesterday stated that he has not suspended the Mayor and Councillors from conducting their elected duties but merely suspended them from holding formal decision making meetings at the Council until further notice.
Mayor Sampa disclosed that he had never been suspended or fired before in his long professional life and deliberately took time off in silence to absorb the implication of the current suspension.
He promised to continue working hard for the people of Lusaka away from the Council Chambers and employed Councillors to do the same and also continue delivering to their electorates and party that sponsored them.
The Mayor was accompanied at the press briefing by his partner Nchimunya and his resident Councillor Patrick Mwansa of Kabulonga ward.
Source: Boba TV
5th August 2020