UNIVERSITY of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) president Dr Evans Lampi has revealed that US$3 million was paid to UNZA for an extension of the land by developers of East Park Mall but stated that the transaction smells.
He regretted that UNZA gets very little money from East Park Mall, which is owned by private individuals.
“My advice to government can simply be that can we clean up everything. You can’t have a situation where the university is closed because of Cholera. The pipes got rotten; the top floor could not have water. There are projects at the University of Zambia, for instance hostels, that have been abandoned and people are keeping quiet. We have unfinished projects and yet we are spending all our energies on East Park Mall, which is not ours,” Dr Lampi said.
He said there was an extension of the lease of East Park Mall from 25 years to 50 years.
“And talking of East Park Mall, there was an extension of the lease from 25 years to 50 years. This has never been announced to the general public. Secondly, $3 million was paid to the University of Zambia for an extension of the land, which they have. This $3 million is part of the $1 million they spent on a Printing Press [that UNZA Press recently acquired] but the whole thing smells of corruption,” Dr Lampi said.