A South African firm Heriot Property Limited, developers of Mukuba Mall in Kitwe, has been named as the private investors behind the controversial Wusakaile Secondary School football pitch deal that has sparked debate in the community.
And Kitwe District Education Board Secretary Allan Kaoma has alleged that the private developer is now targeting to buy off part of the land at Malela Secondary School as a trade off with Wusakile Secondary School.
The developer, who is alleged to have named some high ranking government officials in the deal, has declined to be refunded but instead demands that alternative land of his choice be given as a trade off for the failure to secure Wusakile Secondary School.
Kaoma, who has confirmed having met the private developer, wondered how he commanded so much authority even after being advised that his plans will not go ahead because the land in question belongs to the school.
“He visited my office and told me he was going ahead to put up a mall but I told him it wasn’t possible. He went on to speak with so much authority that there were more senior people than me who have benefited from the deal and there was nothing I could do about it.
“He is speaking with a lot of authority and that tell me something, my office has received information that the same investor is targeting Malela Secondary school,” Kaoma said.
He warned that the Ministry of Education will not allow investors to invade its land with plans of putting up a mall.
“What is surprising is that this man is even aware that Wusakile Secondary school has no land title like any other school, which he thinks will give him an upper hand over the controversial piece of land,” Kaoma added.
He advised to reject any maneuvers to auction the school football pitch by alleged higher authorities.
“As parents you have a duty to stop this nonsense. As DEBS I will not support it and you must as well not support such developments that are not sustainable,” he added.
One of the residents of Wusakile threatened that the community will deal with whoever will move on the school land with intentions of putting up a shopping mall.