Kamwala South residents to get title deeds

THE Minister of Lands Jean Kapata says her ministry will before the end of the year undertake the issuance of certificates of title in Madindo and Kamwala South areas of Lusaka. Presenting her maiden speech in Parliament, Ms Kapata said that this was in order to increase revenue base for the ministry and that the programme would be extended to other parts of the country. Ms Kapata, who is also Mandevu Member of Parliament, told the House that in order to effectively deliver services to the people, her ministry was in the process of establishing the Lands Commission in line with the Constitution of Zambia. “The ministry is currently undertaking consultations that will culminate into the Lands Commission Bill which will be tabled in Parliament,” she said. And Ms Kapata disclosed that the Ministry was also digitalising its operations and that Government had since secured two scanners to help in the data digitalisation programme. She said the PF government appreciated the challenges of land on the lives of people and that Government was to create a department of climate change which would spearhead the implementation of programmes aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in the country. Ms Kapata said that Government had started the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which she said would be tabled before Parliament. “Government is concerned with the rate at which the forestry is being depleted. PF Government will not allow indiscriminate cutting down of trees by anyone,“ she said. And Ms Kapata has hailed the election of Catherine Namugala as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. She said her election as Deputy Speaker was an indication that women could serve at any capacity of the country and contribute to national development