WE will do everything within the law to protect every inch of Zambia from being given away permanently or sold to non-Zambians because we believe that Zambian land should belong to Zambians, opposition Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) has said.
ZDDM president Edwin Sakala has told the Daily Nation that his party was receiving overwhelming support from Zambians over its “stop the selling of Zambian land to foreigners” campaign which is aimed at preserving land in the country for Zambian citizens as permanent owners.
Mr. Sakala said his party would soon seek an audience with President Edgar Lungu to air their views over the land being sold to foreigners as permanent owners simply because they had money to acquire it.
He explained that selling land to foreigners had a huge impact on the citizens as they were restricted to acquiring land from massive buyers who would in turn treat such large pieces of land acquired as no go areas for the Zambians.
“ZDDM will do everything within the law to protect every inch of Zambia from being given away permanently or sold to non-Zambians because we believe that Zambian land should belong to Zambians hence our decision to meet President Edgar Lungu over the on-going practice which is seeing people from across the world easily buying our land,” Mr. Sakala said.
He explained that from the response the ZDDM was getting from the Zambians ever since his party launched the campaign, it was clear that Zambians wanted a change to the way land was administered as existing laws did not safe-guard their interests.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sakala has accused some political parties and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of trying to frustrate the constitution-making process because they were funded by foreigners who were beneficiaries of the current inefficiencies on land matter in the current constitution.
“We are fully aware that some political parties and organisations like the Grand Coalition of NGOs and some Churches which we and some other opposition parties left after discovering that its agenda was foreign funded are against the government road map supported by many Zambians that parliament must enact some of the plain and straight forward clauses.