By SIMON MUNTEMBA
IT IS government intention to see that all land wrangles are expeditiously dealt with to ensure peace and unity reigns in various chiefdoms in Zambia, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Elijah Muchima has said.
Mr Muchima said President Hakainde Hichilema’s administration wanted traditional land wrangles destroying Zambia’s cultural identity and peace to come to an end without further delay.
Mr Muchima said this yesterday at a meeting held at Chieftaincy Mungule’s Palace at which Government and the Mungule Royal Establishment resolved to end the long standing land dispute in the former Kamaila forest No. 49 of Chibombo District.
According to the ministry’s public relations officer, Diniwe Zulu, Mr Muchima who was accompanied by Central Province Minister Credo Najuwa, said land disputes hamper development hence the need to resolve them fast so that people can lead normal lives.
He said government wanted to see all land wrangles expeditiously dealt with to ensure peace and unity reigns in various chiefdoms
“We need to resolve this matter amicably and permanently. This government of yours wants to see peace and unity in the country,” Mr Muchima said.
And Chieftaincy Mungule said she was happy with government’s commitment over the land dispute which had dragged for many years.
The two parties agreed to constitute a council comprising lawyers from ministries of Lands and Justice, lawyer representing the Royal Establishment who is also Katombora Member of Parliament Honorable Clement Andeleki who was also part of the meeting, officers from Central province administration and from the Chibombo Town Council.
Those present at the meeting also included Katuba constituency Member of Parliament Mwabashike Nkulukusa, Chibombo Town Council Chairperson Newton Nyeleti, several headman and councilors.