—Peasant farmers in Kafue district have appealed to government through the District Commissioner’s office to intervene in Kafue East Forest 69 land wrangles.
Representing other peasant farmers, Bonny Mwanza accused the council of having demarcated the land in question and allocated plots to people who have since started some constructions on it.
ZANIS reports that Mr Mwanza revealed that in 2002 the Commissioner of Lands instructed the Kafue District Council to allocate land to peasant farmers who have been cultivating on the land in question since 1987.
He accused the local authority for ignoring the order from the Commissioner of Lands and went to allocate land to people from Lusaka and other surrounding areas.
Mr Mwanza has since appealed to Kafue District Council to demarcate the land into small holdings to enable the peasant farmers continue with farming as it is their source of income.
And Kafue District Council Secretary, Aron Kamalondo, has refuted the allegation that the local authority is allocating plots in the said forest to people.
Mr Kamalondo noted that the council is still waiting for a go-ahead from the Commissioner of Lands to allocate plots to the peasant farmers.
Meanwhile, Kafue District Commissioner, Grace Ngulube, has advised the famers to continue cultivating their fields as the matter is being resolved.
Ms Ngulube said government is committed to look into the welfare of its citizenry, and Kafue district residents in particular.
The District Commissioner said government will not allow selfish individuals taking advantage of the poor in her district.
She noted that most of affected people are senior citizens, mostly women, hence the need for support from the government and the community at large.
Ms Ngulube emphasized the need to help the old people in society and quoted Ephesians 6:I-3.which emphasizes on honouring parents.
She assured the farmers that her office will follow up the matter with relevant authorities.
More than 800 peasant farmers in Kafue district stormed the District Commissioner’s office to seek her intervention in the land wrangle in Kafue East Forest 69.