Government has declared war against the illegal allocation and acquisition of land and has warned that all those involved in the vice will be arrested and prosecuted because their actions are threatening the law and order in the country.
Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has said the high prevalence of illegality and lawlessness in land allocation and acquisition was threatening law and order in the country and that government was determined to curb the vice.
Dr Simbyakula said it was regrettable that innocent citizens had lost their lives in defending their pieces of land and that government was deeply concerned with the manner in which some individuals were ignoring the law and laid down procedure in the acquisition of land.
Dr Simbyakula said the high prevalence in the illegal acquisition of land in the country had compelled government to establish an Inter-ministerial Taskforce on illegal land allocation and acquisition.
The Minister said the Inter-ministerial Taskforce on illegal land allocation and acquisition had been constituted to curb the ever growing crimes of land allocation and grabbing and that the Taskforce would start its operations with immediate effect.
Dr Simbyakula warned that all persons involved in perpetrating the illegality of land allocation and acquisition would be arrested and prosecuted regardless of their social, political or official status.
He said illegal land activities had become the order of the day and has urged the general public to report all suspected illegal land activities to the Taskforce so that those involved could be brought to book.
“There has been a high prevalence of illegality and lawlessness pertaining to land allocation and acquisition in Zambia which is threatening law and order in this country. Government is concerned with the manner in which some individuals are ignoring the law and laid down procedures in the acquisition of pieces of land in the country. Government has decided to establish the Inter-ministerial Taskforce on the illegal acquisition and allocation of land and all persons involved in these vices that the Taskforce will apprehend and prosecute all perpetrators of illegal land allocations and acquisition,” Dr Simbyakula said.
He said it was a well known fact that innocent citizens had lost their lives over land and that government’s quest to enforce the laws had left some houses demolished.
Dr Simyakula said government’s priorities were to provide a stable environment for the increased economic development of the country but that the current occurrences of illegal land allocation and acquisition were threatening the security of the country.
He explained that government was concerned with the long term impact of illegal land acquisition and allocation and that it was the reason some citizens had their houses demolished.