Don’t evict people from land, says President

President Edgar Lungu says he will not allow the developer who has acquired huge tracts of land covering three chiefdoms in Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt province to displace local people.

The President said he was shocked to learn that the land, which could be bigger than Lusaka, has been given to one developer who was now threatening to evict people in Lufwanyama.

The Head of State said this when he met Lamba chiefs from Copperbelt at State House today.

President Lungu has described the development as a big scandal which government has to deal with to protect the people from eviction.

He has since assured the people of Lufwanyama district that government will support them and ensure that they are not evicted.

He has also clarified that Government had no intentions of abolishing chiefdoms through the proposed land policy which was at draft stage.

The President said chiefs should not be misled by politicians and some civil society organisations who alleged that the draft land policy was meant to abolish chiefdoms. He said government was consulting with stakeholders and would follow what will come out of the discussions.

And speaking on behalf of other traditional leaders, senior chief Chiwala of Masaiti district said the House of Chiefs rejected the land policy in its draft form when the Zambia Land Alliance presented it because their submissions were not considered. The traditional leader said the Zambia Land Alliance was scheduled to meet the house of chiefs on January 20, 2016 to get their resolutions after consultations with their subjects.

Meanwhile, Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge, who was also in the meeting, told the Head of State that the upgrading of the feeder roads by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) is progressing well following the President’s directive.