The fight between Blantyre City Council (BCC) and Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) over the ownership of Njamba Freedom Park refuses to die as both parties are reluctant to give up the holder’s title.
MHC director of administration and corporate affairs, Wellington Kazembe, said yesterday that the corporation possesses a freehold title to the park, hence, it cannot give up ownership to the council.
He said the facility was once leased to BCC on agreement that the council would be paying rentals and ensure proper care of the park.
“But the council did not meet the conditions, hence, we cancelled the lease we had given them and repossessed the park. That’s why it’s in our hands now,” said Kazembe.
Asked about their development plans, he explained that the corporation intends to construct recreational facilities, play grounds, a golf course and office block on the land.
“We already sent our development plans to the council, but it has not been approved yet,” said Kazembe.
But BCC public relations manager Anthony Kasunda said MHC should forget that they will ever get its nod.
He disclosed that a court ruled in their favour when both parties sought the intervention of the Judiciary last year.