PARLIAMENT was yesterday turned into a House of “laughter” after UPND Kalomo Member of Parliament Request Muntanga admittedly failed to pronounce and spell the word “caveat”.
A caveat is a document which is lodged against a title to land and is notice by an interested party that no action is to be taken in relation to that title until that party’s interest has been taken into account.
During time for clarifications on a ministerial statement rendered by Lands Minister Christable Ngimbu on the alleged displacement of 400 people of Chipalesa area in Chongwe district, Mr Muntanga asked the Minister what the procedure was for a person to obtain a caveat rights after occupying land for a long time.
Mr Muntanga, who instead pronounced the word as ‘cavet’, was asked by the Speaker of National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini to pronounce the word again, but he (Muntanga) was unable to do so fueling laughter among members of Parliament.
“Honourable member for Kalamo. What did you say?” the Speaker asked.
Mr Muntanga repeated the word as ‘cavet’ sparkling uncontrollable laughter among MPs.
The speaker who didn’t agree with Mr Muntanga’s pronouncement asked him to spell the word.
“Mr Speaker, some of us have problems with spellings,” Mr Muntanga replied.
He later changed from using the word ‘caveat right’ to ‘legal rights of obtaining land’.
Meanwhile, Ms Ngimbu told the House that Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo misled the House in her point of order when she stated that 400 people were displaced.
Ms Ngimbu said the land in question was initially farm No. 2012 and had a total extent of 2, 214.44 hectares and it was owned by a company called Njolwe farms limited.
She said in March 1999, the farm was repossessed by the State and subsequently replanned and subdivided into seven farms.
“These farms were later offered to successful applicants. Among them was Farm No. 9819 on which the 400 people illegally settled,” she said.
Ms Ngimbu explained that in 2003, five of the seven farms that were created in 1999 were repossessed and replanned and subdivided into 14 farms.
She added that in 2014, 273 squatters approached government and claimed to have been displaced as a result of the creation of the 14 farms.
Ms Ngimbu said government had constituted a team comprising officials from Chongwe District Council and the Ministry of Lands to establish the status on the ground.