President Edgar Lungu has directed the Minister of Land and Natural Resources to come up with a revised lands Act and policy which will ensure that land is protected for the future generations.
President Lungu said government needs to come up with a revised lands Act and Lands policy that guarantees sovereignty over land which he said is a key natural heritage.
President Lungu said the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources should take to cabinet the revised Act and Policy on land so that ownership of land is regulated to avoid foreigners from indiscriminately and illegally buying land.
The Head of State expressed concern over the illegal manner in which land is being sold to foreigners.
He noted that the country risks rendering its children landless going by the rate at which people are selling land to foreign nationals.
The President observed that the indiscriminate sale of land has an ultimate effect on the children who may end up as squatters in their own country.
“It is saddening that land is sometimes sold so cheaply that the value at which is being given out could be as low as cheap handouts,” he lamented.
President Lungu said lack of patriotism with regards to land management shames the selfless spirit of the forefathers and mothers who fought and died for the country to be truly independent and sovereign.
The President urged all Zambians to honour the forefathers’ service to the country by putting the country first in all what they do.
He further appealed to political players to review the unbecoming behavior of party cadres and bring to an end the usurping of powers vested in relevant authorities of allocating land.
He said it is sad to discover that even land which has natural minerals is given out to cater for individual interests saying there is need to bring sanity into local authorities as well.
He said the concern over land could be extended to some traditional leaders who have given away land to investors with impunity in some cases disregarding all other considerations such as existing settlements, common grazing areas, burial sites and access to water for community.
The President said government will not sit idle and watch the unbecoming and unpatriotic behavior but will take action to ensure perpetrators are punished.
The President has since directed the Ministry of National Development Planning to ensure that the 7th National Development Plan and other future plans comprehensively contain clear objectives and strategies connected to the national land use plan.
Mr. Lungu said this when he delivered his state of the nation address to parliament today on the progress made in the application of national values and principles.