My peo­ple won’t leave For­est Re­serve - Chief

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By FLAVIOUR KANUNGO

CHIEF Chikanta of Kalomo has main­tained that his peo­ple will not leave the Kalomo Hills forestry Re­serve where they have lived all their lives.

The tra­di­tional leader said the evic­tion let­ters is­sued by the Forestry Depart­ment does not carry any wa­ter and did not have the bless­ings of the lo­cal peo­ple. “We are not go­ing any­where. We won’t al­low it and the whole thing is not work­ing be­cause the dead­line is to­day but that won’t work,” he said. Gov­ern­ment gave over 2, 000 peo­ple of Dun­dumwezi in Kalomo up to Septem­ber 30, 2018 to va­cate their land or face the full force of the law. But Chief Chikanta told Mil­len­nium Ra­dio that gov­ern­ment should first con­sider how many vot­ers will be dis­placed and also the num­ber of gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture that will be af­fected. Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment has ad­vised that the evic­tion was on hold as the de­ci­sion was be­ing re­viewed.

We are not go­ing any­where. We won’t al­low it and the whole thing is not work­ing be­cause the dead­line is to­day but that won’t work,”— Chief Chikanta

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