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ZAMMSA Resolves 26-Year Land Dispute with Former MSL Employees

The Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) has reached a resolution in a longstanding land dispute dating back 26 years with former members of staff from Medical Stores Limited (MSL).

After decades of legal wrangling and uncertainty, the ZAMMSA Board of Directors has decided to allow the completion and finalization of the conveyancing process for land that was initially sold to employees of MSL, the agency’s predecessor.

The dispute originated in December 1997 when MSL issued offer letters to some employees for the purchase of part of the land on subdivision REM67D of Farm 396A in Lusaka’s Makeni area.

However, the matter remained unresolved until the recent decision by the current board during their quarterly meeting held on 19th March 2024.

While the resolution brings closure to a prolonged dispute, the ZAMMSA Board has declined an application to grant the other part of the land to former unionized workers. Instead, the Board has opted to retain the remaining portion of the land for the corporation’s use.

Expressing relief over the resolution, ZAMMSA has acknowledged the patience and tolerance demonstrated by all parties involved throughout the protracted legal process.

The agency has affirmed its commitment to addressing human resource issues for both current and former employees as it endeavors to become a world-class supply chain of essential medicines and medical supplies for the nation.

Bradley Chingobe, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications at ZAMMSA, emphasized the agency’s dedication to resolving such challenges amicably, underscoring its vision to contribute to a healthier and more productive nation through efficient medical supply chain management.

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