Government has with immediate effect banned the sale of customary land.
Addressing journalist in Lusaka today, ands and Environmental Protection Minister Harry Kalaba Harry Kalaba says he has to this effect directed the Commissioner of Lands and all councils countrywide not to process any papers relating to the sale customary land.
Mr. Kalaba says customary land which has been illegally sold will be repossessed, adding his ministry will soon conduct a land audit on such land.
He has warned members of the public against buying customary land or risk being prosecuted as accomplices to the crime of illegally selling land.
He has however stated that this does not affect innocent Zambians who lawfully acquire land through the normal procedures and villagers who already enjoy their rights on respective pieces of land, but is targeted at addressing new acquisitions.
Mr. Kalaba further states that investors both foreign and local who acquire land through the laid down procedure should not be worried about the measures taken.