ZAMBIAN GOVT REFUTES CLAIMS IT HAS SOLD 3 MILLION HECTARES OF LAND TO A PRIVATE COMPANY

LUSAKA — The Zambian government has refuted claims that it has awarded more than three million hectares of land located at the south end border of the Kafue River in Chongwe District to a company called Dingles Kafue River Lodge Limited.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya says the land in question, which covers only 335 hectares, was leased out to Dingles Kafue River Lodge Limited on May 1, 1994 for a term of 99 years for agricultural use.

Siliya, who is also the Minister of Information, said in a statement that, however, 24 years later, Dingles Kafue River Lodge Limited had applied to Lusaka Province Planning Authority for permission to change the land use from agricultural to commercial.

She added that in line with Section 53 of the Urban and Regional Planning Act No.3 of 2015, the Lusaka Province Planning Authority placed an advertisement in the print media to inform members of the public of the intention by Dingles Kafue River Lodge Limited to change land use.

She said when the Planning Authority placed a billboard in Chongwe District to notify members of the public in that area of Dingles Kafue River Lodge Limited’s intention to change land use, they inadvertently left out a decimal point on the figure of hectares.

Siliya said this has caused members of the public to conclude that Government had sold more than three million hectares of land to Dingles Kafue River Lodge Limited when the actual size of the land is just 335 hectares, which was leased out in 1994 for a period of 99 years.

Expressing regret over the inconvenience this misinformation had caused to the people of Chongwe District and beyond, she advised members of the public to clarify or verify facts at the relevant offices to have a correct position on the issue.

Siliya assured the public that Government had never and would not interfere with land administration in the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK