PERPETRATORS of illegal land sales will be prosecuted as the task force set up to deal with the scourge has promised to spare no one, the Government warned yesterday.
Chief environmental officer in the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Richard Lungu said the task force, chaired by Home Affairs deputy minister Panji Kaunda, was pursuing land grabbers and bringing them to book.
Mr Lungu said the Government had advised the public that all allocation of land should be done within the confines of the law. ‘‘All those selling land without certificates should not be entertained; the ministry has introduced awareness campaigns to educate people to follow the right procedure of buying land,’’ Mr Lungu said.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection permanent secretary Trevor Kaunda said it was imperative that land, being an important resource, is managed in a sustainable manner so as to reduce poverty and promote harmony and prosperity in the country.
‘‘In order to achieve this, the Government of the Republic of Zambia, through the Ministry of Lands, is engaging in a consultative process with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the process of developing a land policy for our country adheres to pre-requisites for social and economic development of a society,’’ Mr Kaunda noted.
Mr Kaunda added that the policy development process was in line with the framework and guidelines on land policy in Africa and that the draft policy has been aligned to the constitutional provisions on land governance, administration and management.
Mr Kaunda stated that Government had not drafted a Land bill and that its preparation would only be considered once the policy has been approved.
Mr Kaunda said consultation was important if the policy had to meet the aspirations of the Zambian people, adding that traditional leaders had participated in various meetings where they shared views and observations on the strengths and weaknesses of the document.