JCTR cautions councils over land

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR) has observed that issues of land have become critical in Zambia and should therefore be handled carefully.

And residents of Livingstone have demanded for a clear answer on whether the council would give out land following the halting of the process by the ministry of land some two years ago.

But director of legal services Kabukabu Sikwibele has advised individuals and institutions who applied for plots to be calm as the issue is being addressed.

Speaking during a JCTR workshop on access to land and land management held at the Livingstone Lodge recently, JCTR program officer for Faith and Justice Kizito Chalwe said that the issue of land had become a source of concern in the country.

Chalwe said that both the poor and the rich were in need of land adding that the onus was on the councils throughout the country to effectively distribute the land equitably.

He stated that there had been a propensity by the privileged to acquire land and had monopolized the resource at the disadvantage of the poor.

Chalwe said that every individual had the right to land and that it was wrong for the rich to consciously acquire land at the expense of the poor.

And residents of Livingstone have demanded for a clear answer on whether the council will give out land following the halting of the exercise by the ministry of land two years ago.

Speaking during the workshop, Gender activist Jean Mweene questioned the council’s silence over the scheduled plots allocation which was supposed to have taken place two years ago.

She said that people have been waiting for the names of people that could have been selected to be given land

Meanwhile, Mweenehas further advised the Livingstone City Council to priotize locals when issuing out plots to the public.

But director of legal services at the Livingstone City Council Kabukabu Sikwibele has advised individuals and institutions that applied for plots to be calm as the issue was being addressed.

Sikwibele said that there were administrative technicalities which led to the process being slowed but promised that the issue is being addressed,

She said that there were issues which needed to be addressed by both the council and the ministry of lands which is the custodian of land.

Ms. Sikwibele said that the council was only executing the duties on behalf of the ministry of lands.

And Deputy Mayor Mathews Jere disclosed that the land which was earmarked for plots is a forestry and that the council could not go ahead and gave out land due to the situation.

Mr. Jere said that this is what delayed the process of issuing plot to the deserving people and institutions.

The deputy mayor further announced that the council will soon start repossessing plots that are not developed.

 

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