Government seeks ways of avoiding land ownership conflicts

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Government has said there was need to put in place legislation that will guarantee security of tenure of customary land.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands Daisy Ng’ambi said land was a very important resource because it contains all natural resources.

Mrs. Ng’ambi said there was therefore need to employ proper mechanisms of administering it to people to avoid conflicts.

She said this in a speech read for her by Zambia Law Development Commission Director Annette Nhekairo at the official opening of a consultative workshop in Lusaka today.

And Senior Research Officer Williams Phiri noted that land issues were complex hence the need to enact legislation to ensure that it was properly administered.

Mr. Phiri explained that the commission carried out a research which revealed that land under traditional tenure was administered by traditional rulers.

He added that customary land tenure applies to individual plots, forest land, common land within villages and communal grazing land which he said was a source of conflict among the rural dwellers as no individual settler can claim a unique proprietary interest in the land.

The Zambia Law Development Commission organized the workshop for stakeholders to discuss the administration of customary land in Zambia from which the commission will come up with the bill which will be presented to the Ministry of Justice.