CHIEF Kanyesha of the Lala people of Mkushi has denied allegations levelled against him that he has evicted 134 families from their land and sold it to an investor.
The traditional ruler says only four families who encroached on Capital Fisheries Limited land are affected and not 134 families as reported in the media recently.
“It’s not true, the people who are there are only four (families) who are inside Capital Fisheries land and I don’t know how they got this land. They are illegal settlers, they are not in my books because as chiefs, we have a registration book where we register every subject,” he said.
Chief Kanyesha said in an interview over the weekend that the 1,900 hectares land located near Mkushi River belongs to Capital Fisheries Limited and the company got the land in 1992 before he ascended to the throne.
Chief Kanyesha said Capital Fisheries wants to use the land to invest in fish farming.
He said in 2005, some of his subjects approached him seeking assistance on how they could find alternative sources of living apart from growing tobacco, the reason why he has been pushing Capital Fisheries to start the fish farming project so that his subjects can benefit.
The traditional ruler said Capital Fisheries Limited plans to construct fish ponds on the land and train his subjects in fish farming who will later start selling the fish to the same company.
Chief Kanyesha has since threatened to take legal action against the newspaper and is claiming K10 billion for putting his name in disrepute.
He also said at no time has he victimised any of his subjects over land but he instead ensures that they all have land.
The chief challenged people and organisations alleging that he is evicting his subjects from their pieces of land which he is giving to investors to visit his chiefdom and get facts on the ground.
He wondered why he could be evicting his subjects when he is honouring them with land and that there is a lot of reserved land where there are no people.
Chief Kanyesha appealed to companies that have obtained land for investment in his chiefdom to continue operating normally as they are creating jobs for his subjects.
[Zambia Daily Mail]