Mpezele worried by investors’ acquisition of land on long term lease

LIVINGSTONE Catholic Diocese Bishop Raymond Mpezele says he is worried by the investors’ acquisition of land on long term lease at the expense of Zambians.

Officiating at the launch of the Community Land Empowerment Project (CLEP) attended by two indunas from Kaungamashi Royal Establishment in Sioma and Shangombo and chief Sekute of Kazungula at Kaazmein Lodge yesterday, Bishop Mpezele said the goal of development was to rescue people from things that make them less human.

He said access to land was a major means of production for rural people but its acquisition was being threatened by privatisation.

“In Livingstone, the acquisition of land by investors close to the Zambezi River has impacted negatively on the indigenous people. The process of privatisation of customary and state land is advancing especially along the Zambezi River; investors occupy land for tourism and agriculture generally with long terms lease titles at the expense of the local community.