LCC stills construction at woodlands stadium

By Staff Reporter

The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has given the developers of the infrastructure around Woodlands Stadium Seven days to show cause why legal action should not be taken against them.

This follows the revelations of the interim inspections indicating negligence on the part of the contractors which led to the fatal accident that happened at the site on 19th July, 2019.

LCC Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said in a statement responding to media queries over the matter that the interim inspections reveal that the stability of the existing structure and that of the neighbouring shops was not assessed.

Sichimba said that there were also no safety and risk measures outlined that pointed to the way the demolition would be carried out among other findings.

“The developers were carrying out demolition works to allow for alterations to the existing structures without any permit from the Council, the site was not secured by way of putting up a holding to avoid both uncontrolled movements from pedestrians and motorists and there was no safety and risk measures outlined pointing to the way the demolition would be carried out. The stability of the existing structure and that of the neighbouring shops was not assessed and therefore, posing a huge risk to workers and even to the adjacent neighbours, and the existing structure of the stadium wall has developed alarming cracks which requires immediate attention to consolidate the strength of both the extensions and the old structure,” he said.

Sichimba said that LCC has since stopped all developments on site until the matter was resolved.

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