Dedza Central legislator Daniel Chiwere (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) has queried Dedza District Council on alleged disposal of land to a private trader.
The piece of land, once used by a contractor as his base base during construction works on the M1 Road, has remained vacant ever since the company finished its work in Dedza.
However, during a full council meeting on Monday, Chiwere questioned how the park was sold to a trader at K15 million.
“As far as I can recall, initially, the park was pegged at K35 million and the Malawi Revenue Authority [MRA] expressed interest to buy it. Now we hear that a certain trader has bought it at K15 million. It is surprising,” he said
In his response, Dedza district commissioner (DC) Francis Matewere told the meeting that he was aware of the issue and would set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the matter.
“In previous meetings, the council decided to sell the piece of land but the prospective buyer declined the offer. Afterwards, another client expressed interest but this time the arrangement was not open enough as several stakeholders were not notified,” he said.
Matewere added that the new buyer bought the park at a lower price, a development which raised eyebrows. He said the council has since stopped the sale.