President Edgar Lungu has directed ministry of defence not to release the land next to Mulungushi Textiles in Kabwe which is earmarked for the shopping mall to be constructed by Henriot Properties because he wants the land to be given to Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania limited.
Recently Kabwe Central MP James Kapyanga negotiated for a deal that could have seen the reputable property developer build an ultra modern shopping mall in Kabwe. Top management officials from Henriot even flew into Kabwe from South Africa to inspect the land which belongs to ministry of defence and found it appropriate.
But Lungu who is also defence minister has directed his ministry officials not to surrender the land, in spite of the Mulungushi textiles board resolution to hand the land over to ministry of lands and later to Kabwe Municipal Council.
“It is a dead end my brother. The board convened a meeting and tabled the land matter, they resolved that it be given to lands and later to Kabwe municipal Council so that Henriot can take it but the President issued a strong directive to the contrary and you know people want to protect their jobs so it won’t happen,” said the source.
Lungu wants to give the land to METL, the fake Tanzanian investor who were dubiously given Mulungushi Textiles after paying Lungu more than $15,000 for his PF presidency campaign. The ‘investor’ has now turned the plant into a warehouse distributing fertiliser and detergents imported from China via Tanzania.