United Party for National Development (UPND) Livingstone District Spokesperson Halwabala is stunned over President Edgar Lungu’s request to the House of Chiefs to look into the succession disputes in some chiefdom and draft guidelines to regulate the institution of chieftaincy.
Halwabala said President Lungu’s directive that the house of chiefs should draft guidelines that will regulate the institution of chieftaincy to serve as a foundation of the country’s peace is a clear indication that the head of state lacks understanding on how land is administered in Zambia.
He said the policy in Zambia is already there with ministry of lands and according to land policy, the traditional leaders are not the final authority on land matters, but its ministry of lands who are mandated to issue title deeds after the whole process of change of ownership is concluded.
Halwabala said due to the given background about how land is administered in Zambia, it is clear that the president was off rail to blame the chiefs over land being given to foreigners, instead of blaming his own officials at the ministry of lands including the minister in charge of the ministry who issue title deeds.
He added that embarrassing chiefs in the public like that is not only being uncultured, but a direct vote of no confidence in his own leadership as a whole, adding that the presidency is completely engulfed in hallucinating on fighting political opponents at the expense of service delivery to the people of Zambia.
“Our laws are very clear, the chiefs do not issue title deeds, meaning if land is now being given to wrong people, it’s the ministry of land to blame not the chiefs” Halwabala said