THE Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) wants to sell David Mwila House in Kitwe (formerly Mutondo House) to Eagle Pat-pat of Lusaka.
But when contacted for a comment, MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe said it was no body’s business whether MUZ sells David Mwila House, adding that the union was not getting any profits from the building, hence no need to maintain it.
According to sources at MUZ headquarters located at Katilungu House in Kitwe, the union want to sell David Mwila house to Eagle Pat-Pat of Lusaka and that its decision to hike rentals abnormally was a deliberate move to make the tenants fail to pay the rentals so that they could get out of the building.
The sources said David Mwila House, formerly Mutondo House was just given to MUZ by the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) and so it would have been better for the union to rehabilitate and maintain it so that it continues to be a source of revenue for the union.
“MUZ wants to sell David Mwila house formerly Mutondo House to Eagle Pat-Pat of Lusaka because they want to raise funds to settle huge debts which they owe a lot of individuals and organizations.
“It is really sad that MUZ can decide to sell David Mwila House which was just given to them as a gift by ZCCM. It would have been better to rehabilitate and maintain the building so that it continues to be source of revenue for the union,” said the source.
When contacted for a comment, MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe said selling David Mwila House was no body’s business especially that the union was realizing less money from the building than it was spending in maintaining it.
Mr Chewe said some tenants at the building were owing the union debts from unpaid rentals for more than two years and so there was no way the union could on to something which was not bringing any profits.
“It is nobody’s business whether MUZ sells David Mwila House or not. Last year we engaged an evaluator who evaluated the property and it was discovered that the union was realizing less money than what it is spending to maintain it.
“Some tenants are owing the union debts for unpaid rentals for more than two years. So there is no way we can hold on to the building which was not bringing any profits,” Mr Chewe said.
Mr Chewe, however disclosed that some tenants at David Mwila House had taken the union to court over the recent hiked rentals.