HOUSE OF CHIEFS REJECTS LAND POLICY

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Vice-President Inonge Wina, PF Secretary General Davies Chama with Chiefs from Luapula, North-Western Province and Eastern Province when they paid a courtesy call on him at State House where they congratulated him for winning the January 20th Presidential elections on January 27,2015-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Vice-President Inonge Wina, PF Secretary General Davies Chama with Chiefs from Luapula, North-Western Province and Eastern Province when they paid a courtesy call on him at State House where they congratulated him for winning the January 20th Presidential elections on January 27,2015-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

The House of Chiefs has rejected the draft National Land Policy document which was in the process of being finalised and submitted to cabinet for approval.

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House of Chiefs Chairperson, Chief Ngabwe says traditional leaders have rejected the document on grounds that the Land policy is allegedly trying to temper with the Chieftaincy.

The traditional leader has also accused some civil servants of working against President Edgar Lungu because they did not submit the concerns that were presented by the Chiefs to the Ministry of Lands and Natural resources.

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Chief Ngabwe was speaking during the national validation meeting for the draft Land policy which was attended by about 22 Chiefs from the 10 provinces.

Traditional Leaders walked out of the meeting immediately after Chief Ngabwe concluded his statement.

And Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata said the move by the traditional leaders has come as a surprise.

Ms Kapata said the ministry has made efforts to consult the traditional leader on the land policy.

She said the ministry will however remain available to dialogue with the traditional leaders on the matter.ZNBC

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