One of the security agencies is investigating minister of Justice Given Lubinda over information that he received a huge bribe from Choppies to facilitate the demolishing of the historic Kabwata market in Lusaka. Choppies wants to construct its own shopping mall where Kabwata market stands.
The Kabwata MP is said to have been offered $600, 000 plus ownership of some of the structures that would be constructed by Choppies once he completes the task.
Lubinda’s task is to convince the Lusaka city council, Kabwata market traders and government at large to sanction the the demolition of the market. Last week he went to assess the market and taste the ‘temperature’ of shop owners but ended up being beaten. He has not given up and in no time, Kabwata market will be demolished and plot given to foreigners like everything else in Zambia.
Choppies Enterprises Limited is a Batswana multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana.
It’s owned by Indian businessmen who relocated from Kerala in India to Botswana in the 1960s.
Choppies has expanded into in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Kenya and wants to open more outlets in Zambia.