Quick action by Police this morning averted a near-riot by residents of Lusaka’s Garden Compound after makeshift shops erected on a disputed piece of land were found razed down this morning by a businessman claiming ownership to the same land.
A Qfm News crew that rushed to scene just opposition Fred Joe found Police in full riot gear deployed to control the situation while tyres were burning in the middle of the road.
It is believed the old market where charcoal traders were conducting their business near the Lusaka Water and Sewerage treatment plant has been illegally sold to some businessman.
One of the people talked by QFM News said the businessman in question has since built a wall fence on the same land believed to be a no man’s land.
He explains that the said businessman wants to extend the building to the area were traders have put up makeshift structures and sent some people in the night to destroy them.
The destruction of the makeshift structure angered the traders who started protesting in the early hours of today.
They accuse the area Councilor Fredrick Bwalya of being behind the confusion after he allegedly sold the land to the businessman who wants to build shops on the same land.
And PF Mandevu Constituency Chairman Joseph Tamba has warned that any PF member implicated in the allocation of the land in question will not be shielded.
And an effort to get a comment from Ngwerere Ward Councilor Fredrick Bwalya proved futile as he declined to comment saying he was driving from Monze to Lusaka.