Daily Nation Newspaper - - NORTH WESTERN NEWS -

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.

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