Land audit commission coming

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Government will in the first quarter of this year constitute a land audit commission that will oversee the administration of land in the country.


Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba said the commission was further aimed at finding out how much land was available in Zambia.


Mr. Kalaba told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that formalities for the formation of the commission were being done at the Ministry of Justice.


He said once finalised, documents on the commission will be submitted to Cabinet for approval and its structure availed to the public.


“A land audit commission is coming this first quarter of the year. The documents are to be done at Ministry of Justice because this commission is a legal process and once finalised goes to Cabinet for approval,” Mr. Kalaba said.


Last year, government set up the Zambia Integrated Management Land Information System (ZIMLIS) aimed at addressing the loopholes surrounding land distribution in the country.


Mr. Kalaba said ZIMLIS would work closely with an Israeli firm that his ministry has engaged to capture data on land and seal off the loopholes.


This is in order to make land issuance digitalised in order to enable people in far flung areas not to travel to Lusaka but have their problems attended to a decentralized manner.


He has also announced that government had set up a joint task force that was headed by Home Affairs Deputy Minister Steven Kampyongo to help curb the illegal allocation of land countrywide.


Mr. Kalaba explained that the task force would ensure that those tasked to curb illegalities gathered enough evidence to warrant the arrest of culprits.


The task force comprises officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, traditional leaders and other stakeholders who were directly involved in the allocation of land countrywide