MP warns against indiscriminate sale of land
A PARLIAMENTARIAN has urged Government not to allow unpatriotic citizens to mortgage the future of Zambia by carelessly selling huge portions of land to foreigners at the expense of the poor.
Bwana Mkubwa Member of Parliament Jonas Chanda said allowing people to sell huge tracks of land to foreigners resulted in Zambians being forcibly removed from the land like refugees in their own country.
Dr Chanda said Government should restrict the sale of land to foreigners except in cases where they were genuine investors who would create decent jobs for the people. “This was why Government should expedite the pre- senting of the revised Land Act and policy to Cabinet and Parliament to address this sad situation.
"In line with the President's earlier directives when he addressed Parliament, I urge the government to urgently bring the revised Land Act and Policy to Cabinet and Parliament, because this revised Land Act and Policy should empower Zambians more in land ownership and restrict the sale of land to foreigners except where these are proven genuine foreign investors who create good jobs for Zambians," Dr Chanda said.
He said he fully supports President Edgar Lungu's recent directive in Parliament that no Zambian would be displaced from their land with nothing.
Dr Chanda said the government expected investors to fully compensate indigenous Zambians if and when they are evicted from their land.
He said President Lungu had clearly stated that investors had an obligation to abide by the national land policy which requires that settlers displaced from the land for business activities are adequately compensated.
Dr Chanda said even the government itself ensures that displaced people were adequately compensated, in some cases with not only land but new accommodation as well.
Dr Chanda said foreign buyers of land working with some unpatriotic Zambians ignored the rule of law as evidenced in the case of Bwana Mkubwa constituency where foreign individuals and named firms were displacing hundreds of Zambians from land they had farmed for many years without any compensation or given any alternative land.