Govt. committed to fighting illegal land allocation

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Government has reiterated its commitment to returning sanity and respect of law in the land acquisition procedure in the country.

Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Wilbur Simuusa said government will not allow illegality to prevail in matters of land acquisition.

Mr. Simuusa told ZANIS in Lusaka today that his office had received complaints from both chiefs and the people of Chirundu over the alleged indiscriminate sale of land in the district.

 He said his office will soon pay an impromptu visit to Chirundu District to ascertain the alleged land scam to stop and reverse already made transactions.

The lands Minister noted that his Ministry will not hesitate to engage law enforces in normalising the situation once the scam has been established.

Mr. Simuusa said illegal allocation of land in the country if not immediately addressed will result in shortage of land for carrying out future developmental projects in the districts.

Earlier, Chief Chipepo of Chirundu district appealed to government to intervene in the alleged illegal allocation of land in Chirundu.

Chief Chipepo complained of having failed to stop the land scam which he described as having reached an advanced stage as people were now processing land titles which would make it difficult for government to repossess the land.