TITLE DEEDS: KAPATA ASSURES KALUMBILA RESIDENTS
BY JACK MAPAPAYI GOVERNMENT has assured Kalumbila residents that it is working towards speeding up the process of issuance of leasehold land titles in the township.
Grant of title will give Zambians the confidence to buy their own houses and enable them to obtain bank loans secured on the title deeds as collateral.
Of the 8,000 plots surveyed in the township, only eight have so far been given title deeds.
Speaking during a visit to First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM) Sentinel Mine and neighbouring Kalumbila Town, Minister of Lands Jean Kapata and Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale, made assurances that the Government was working to issue land titles in order help grow the town and encourage continued investment.
Ms Kapata who was accompanied by Commissioner of Lands Wilfred Muma and Assistant Surveyor General Charles Pole said the issuance of title deeds would empower Zambians with security of tenure of their land.
She said government was losing a lot of ground rent and council property rates.
‘’And we believe that once the titles are granted, the whole North Western Province would benefit from the money coming through,” she said.
And Mr Mwale said delays in granting of titles is a matter of national interest because the 20-year-life span of the mine would create jobs for the local people.
‘’And apart from that, the tax that is being paid is benefiting the whole the nation,” he said.
He said there was need to quickly grant titles so that Kalumbila Town Council could start getting land rates.
Meanwhile, FQM head of government affairs John Gladston reiterated the company’s commitment to transparent, open dialogue with all stakeholders.
The ministers also met with Senior Chief Musele to better understand issues surrounding delays in issuance of land titles, which were first applied for in 2011.