UPND stunned at Lungu’s directives to chiefs over land and succession disputes

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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

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    Ba Halwabala – Always looking for faults in what the President says. When a Chief has given land to someone, can you go and start farming there because the owner does not have title deeds? Aren’t Chiefs the custodians of customary land in Zambia? Why is your emphasis on Title Deeds only and not land allocation also? Don’t we have succession disputes in Zambia? What better institution than the House of Chiefs to go back to for guidance?

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      An unnamed chief in Mumbwa District has apparently sold off most, if not all, of his chiefdom to Kaindu Natural Resources Trust, in the process displacing about 1,000 smallholder farmers in 26 villages, and apparently selling off his own palace as well. The Times of Zambia talked of close to 20,000 hectares being sold, alleging that the sale had been supported by Mumbwa District Council. Rumours had it that the chief was now the happy owner of a fleet of luxurious vehicles and properties in other provinces. No names were mentioned, but Chief Kaindu is a likely culprit. After all, he has been reined in before for selling off too much land along the Kafue River to a foreign investor, and he used to be the patron of the Kaindu Natural Resources Trust. The works of the latter are impossible…

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      Halwalaba sound pathetic. It seems he does not know what he is talking about. Facts are pointing out that, some chiefs are selling land to foreigners, if this is established, do you expect the government to rebuke the ministry of land? no, it’s chiefs who are on the ground, in other words if any person wants land they first go the chiefs, thereafter the chiefs direct that particular person for documentation( title deeds). Don’t use emotions in everything, how are we going to vote for easily emotional leaders? calm down.

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    Mister you’re the one off the line, you can buy land from the Chief, once you develop, it becames yours.

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    Mr.Halwabala you are PARTLY RIGHT BUT remember that TITLE IN CUSTOMARY LAND IS ONLY ISSUED AFTER THE CHIEFS GIVEN CONSENT so Ministry of Lands, corrupts as it may be, only agrees with what the CHIEFS ENDORSE AFTER BEING CORRUPTED BY FOREIGNERS WITH SHORT TERM GIFTS TO SELL THEIR HERITAGE AND THEIR PEOPLE IN SLAVERY TO FOREIGNERS!! So in this case LUNGU IS PARTLY RIGHT but HE MUST BE PRACTICAL IN TACKLING CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM AT MINISTRY OF LANDS and HIS ENTIRE GOVERNMENT!

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    How do succession disputes regarding who becomes Chief have to do with land? I don’t get it? I see them as two separate things. I thought the President was addressing succession disputes not title deeds.

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    Chiefs are responsible for traditional land and we’ve heard how a chief in Mpongwe released thousands of acres for development and also paramount chitimukulu has also done the same in Kasama.

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    Upnd a fault finder. Everyday it is ECL. You will collapse one day. Because Lungu will presidency in August 2026.

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    Halwabala, it’s funny the way you just attack your president on different matters when he addressed a different issue. President Lungu was addressing matters of chiefdom succession disputes, not of lands and tittle deeds. This is what happens when you’ve a Grudge hangover, you will jump to conclusion of matters without understanding them, just to tarnish someone. Now I understand why the public is being misinformed, it is because of these grudge hangovers. Be at peace with yourself accept the defeat. This is your country, our country and our children’s inheritance, let’s guard our peace jealousy and don’t let it be destroyed by our selfish motives, please Halwabala. President Lungu is your President. Africa twasebana.

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    Ba Halwabala , mr i am so dissappointed with you. you dd not understand what ECL was talking about, i can see. let me help you, ECL was talking about succesion disputes among chiefs. ECL is a lawyer and more educated than you Mwana munene but still you cant read and understand. if an opposition it does not mean you oppose everything

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    MWAPE MUSONDA NOT ONLY ONE CHIEF IN MUMBWA MOST OF THEM. AND THEY JUST SPEND THE MONEY ON ALCOHOL. LUXURY CARS? WHERE? OLD USELESS SECOND HAND JAPANESE CARS. CHIEF MUMBA, KAINDU, KABULWEBULWE, NAME THEM

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    Halwabala, UPND shall always have some controversy to whatever the President (with capital P) does, says. If the the President starts walking with his left leg they will say the President should have started with his right. Just to be seen to have said something even when they have nothing to say.Chiefs do not need permission to allocate small chunks of land to the locals but foreigners know that they have to apply to the relevant authority even when the Chief is willing to release the said land in his area.

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    And so the only reason for this rebut from Halwabala is for the international community to appreciate UPND, nothing else.

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    The UPND Livingstone District Spokesperson Halwabala may benefit from the Republican President’s concerns in cases where Chiefs are actually selling large tracks of land to foreigners and to some political leaders. Before the Ministry of Lands comes on the scene to issue Title Deeds, some Chiefs could have banked large sums of money into their personal accounts. Would Mr. Halwabala be ignorant to the fact that a Chief in Southern Province displaced many of his own subjects from thousands of hectares land which he sold to HH – just waiting for the granting of Title Deeds by Ministry of Lands? Did this Chief find alternative pasture land for his subjects? Some Chiefs have personalised traditional land to enrich themselves. These are issues expected to be collectively resolved by the…

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    The UPND Livingstone leader Halwabala may benefit from President Lungu’s concerns in cases where Chiefs are actually selling large areas of land to foreigners and to some political leaders. Before the Ministry of Lands comes on the scene to issue Title Deeds, some Chiefs could have banked large sums of money into their personal accounts. Would Mr. Halwabala be ignorant that a Chief in Southern Province displaced many of his subjects from thousands hectares of land which he sold to HH – awaiting the granting of Title Deeds by Ministry of Lands? Did this Chief find alternative pasture land for his subjects? Some Chiefs have personalised traditional land to enrich themselves. These are issues to be collectively resolved by the House of Chiefs.

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    Some tribe are a curse to this Country. Always being on the wrong side. Not even in the u20 National team to contribute some positive to the Country.

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    Just because a herd of Chiefs have been attending Con1’s treason trial then you want to cede our land to foreigners. Grow a brain man !

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    This is a major problem of belonging to a political party (upnd) based on tribe.this Halwabala thing is 100% wrong on what president Edgar Lungu said.
    All upnd members know is opposing everything said or done by ECL or PF.can one call this democracy.LOOK,ITS BETTER TO HAVE ONE PARTY THAN DEALING WITH DIE HARD TRIBALISTS SUCH AS HALWABALA!!!FOR THEM,ANYTHING NOT DONE OR SAID BY A TONGA,THEN THAT HAS TO BE BLAMED!!WHAT A WRONG PARTY-UPND IS!!!
    God should never allow HH’s upnd to rule Zambia because our country maybe divided on tribalines beyond repair!!

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    Sembe ni hh who addressed the corrupt chiefs on same matter, it would have been praised by Halwala. sick tribalists…

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    And next time Halwala never use this word hallucinating when you are referring to His Excellence the President Mr. Edgar Changwa Lungu, otherwise you will be con2. Never, never never you donkey.

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