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Lusaka, Copperbelt in Illegal Land Allocation

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Daily Mail Newspaper

06th March 2017, Page 4

By Priscilla Chipulu

Government says it has received reports of illegal land allocation in Lusaka, Copperbelt and some parts of Southern Province.

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata warned that whoever would be found involved in the illegal activity would be punished severely.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, Mrs Kapata directed councils through the Ministry of Local Government to ensure that no one is involved in illegal land wrangles.

"I want to ask Zambians to ensure that they verify the land before buying it. A lot of people have cried foul after they have bought land from individuals who do not have proper documentation for their land. Please, verify at the Ministry of Lands if you want to buy land," she said.

And Ms Kapata says the Land Policy would be launched once all stakeholders are comfortable with its provisions.

"My ministry is waiting for the House of Chiefs before the policy can be launched. Government wants to ensure all clauses are included," she said.

Ms Kapata commended the Zambia Land Alliance for its contribution towards the development of the policy.

Meanwhile, Mrs Kapata says Lusaka has run out of land.

She urged those wanting to buy land to consider other provinces around the country.

Ms Kapata, however, said plans are underway to extend the city's boundaries towards the south, central and eastern provinces.

"We do not have any land. We are chocked. If people want to have land, they should consider other provinces. Even for development we do not have land. There are plans to extend the city but we have to negotiate with traditional leaders to see how the city can be extended," she said.

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