Rupiah’s govt leased out Baobab land to Saki

RUPIAH Banda’s government leased out 189 hectares of the controversial Baobab land to Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota and his partners from Egypt, it has been learnt.

But Sikota said the matter is before court and that the council and the President would have to wait for the court’s ruling.

The Lusaka City Council was the owner of the land in question before the MMD grabbed it from the local authority because of allegations of corruption.

The land was then acquired by Legacy Holdings Limited and former president Fredrick Chiluba before he died wanted 40 hectares of it for his retirement house. But Legacy Holdings only released 20 hectares which the former president rejected.

According to documents obtained by The Post, the land was sold on July 1, 2011 to Bantu Capital Corporation Zambia limited, the company where Sikota is a shareholder.

The land was leased for a 99-year period from April 1, 2011 with the area size of 189.