Zambia Medicines body resolves land dispute with former employees after 26 years standoff


Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) has settled a land dispute with its former employees, which lingered for over two decades.

The land dispute dates back to 1997 when then Medical Stores Limited (MSL) offered part of its land in Makeni area on subdivision REM67D of Farm 396A to employees for purchase.

Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency Act, No. 9 of 2019 established the ZAMMSA, which existed as MSL under the Companies Act.

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The Board of Directors of the institution permitted for the completion and finalisation of the conveyance process of the land.

This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday.

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Bradley Chingobe, said the decision was reached during the board’s quarterly meeting held on March 19, 2024.

He said this came at a critical time when the institution sought to solidify its position as a leading supplier of essential medicines and medical supplies in Zambia.

“ZAMMSA is happy to have finally closed this issue that has hovered around the Agency for a very long time,” Chingobe said.

He, however, stated that the board had declined an application to grant former unionised workers the remaining part of the land.

“The board has since resolved to retain the remaining part of the land for the corporation’s use,” Chingobe said.

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