A project to construct Luangeni shopping mall in Chipata hits a snag.

An investor intending to build the biggest shopping mall in Chipata has expressed frustration over delays by Ministry of Lands to produce a title deed.
Speaking to Breeze News, Liver Tembo says that his company has been waiting since October last year for the Ministry of Lands to produce a title deed for the land in Moth residential area where Luangeni shopping mall will be built.
He says a complaint was submitted to the office of the Commissioner of Lands but nothing fruitful has come out.
Mr. Tembo complained that the whole process of building the shopping mall has been characterised with delays at almost every stage.
He explained that it took Chipata Municipal Council about one year six months to approve the project and produce all the necessary documentation needed to process a title deed.
Mr. Tembo stated that without a title deed, it is difficult to obtain a loan from the bank to finance the project, which is being backed by a South African company.
The 60 million Kwacha project, which is expected to take one year, will create 500 jobs during construction stage and 200 jobs after completion.

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