Government says that it has started reviewing the legality of the sale of Mutondwe Island on Lake Tanganyika in Mpulungu District to a private citizen.

ZANIS reports that this was revealed when Commissioner of Lands Wilfred Muma and Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Sturdy Mwale visited Mutondwe Island on a fact finding mission, yesterday.

Mr. Muma said that the decision to sell the Island to a named individual was done without thorough consultation with the local community.

He said it is for this reason that Government is reviewing the decision, which was made in 2008 to sell Mutondwe Island to the private citizen, as a matter of public interest.

And Defence Permanent Secretary Sturdy Mwale has urged the community of Mutondwe Island to remain calm as government is treating the Island dispute as a matter of urgency.

He noted that Government will not allow indiscriminate displacement of people without following the due process of the law.

Mr. Mwale also said it is disheartening to see the people of Mutondwe Island lack basic social amenities due to the controversy surrounding the ownership of the Island.

Recently, Minister of Presidential Affairs Freedom Sikazwe during his tour to the Island said government was going to revisit the sale of the controversial Island to the private individual.

Meanwhile, villagers of Mutondwe Island have passionately appealed to Government to repossess the title deeds granted to a private citizen to own the Island.

Speaking on behalf of the affected community, village headman Rodwell Chifunda said over 3, 000 people were currently occupying the island and it will not be easy for them to vacate their homes and start new lives.

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    • My friend the island was sold in 2008 was PF in power that time? Please let’s not overpoliticize issues. Even a child can see malicious thinking in you.

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    • Land corruption was at its peak and at its worst during the Mwanawasa years. People lost their land as MMD cadres grabbed land and title deeds could be fabricated at lands ministry anytime. Remember Garden House, the Thabo Mbeki controversies for example??? It is Sata and PF that have brought sanity at this ministry as those Mwanawasa officials at lands have been fired or relocated and a Lands Management System put in place. The incidences of land corruption have reduced drastically under PF.

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    • The Patriotic Behind has been in power since Kaunda left. As far as I am concerned the same corrupt elements have been ruling since late Kafupi’s era. There appears to be a conspiracy to keep the same people in the corridors of power ad infinitum. I am not surprised when such happens in a sh!thole country.

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    • Do not believe this lies that it was sold in 2008, this is simply not true , that island was sold soon after PF came to power, the named individual is a PF financia and the sale could only be agreed after PF came to power……..LT do your research before publishing PF lies…

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    • And who is the Minister for Lands now? Is she not the same one that rigged her constituency for Lungu? If she can rig elections, do these thieves really think Zambians are so dull that they will not see that she is rigging Title Deeds for PF supporters also?

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  1. Last time minister Freedom Sikazwe brought up this issue some bloggers started to point fingers at PF. Unless history can be transferable, PF was in opposition in 2008.

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    • Give us the name of the named individual, his name will give us clue if he is pf or 2008, just wondering if indeed it was 2008,how did sata miss this, he repossessed zamtel from rapgreen but forgot people who voted for him at that island.

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    • Ndanje why get bothered when bloggers point at PF, when you claim not to be PF. And why so much hate for mwanawasa, remember Gladys nyirongo former minister of lands, elected as mp for bwacha const, 2001 under heritage party, ditched heritage, stood on mmd tick in 2006,won appointed minister of lands, suspended in 2007,muli mwanawasa you love to hate, 2009 convicted by magistrates, and conviction upheld in 2010,by high Court, it’s been, courts since, suddenly she reappeared in 2016 in pf colours.

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    • Ndanje khakis you are on record with your lot that HH sold the mines and continue to peddle this fake news with Mumbai Philips. Tell Zambians when HH worked in government or ruled Zambia to have sold the mines. Man up and tell truth to Zambians.

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  2. With or without community consultation, certain pieces of land are NOT for sale. Reverse the sale of Mutondwe Island. Period!

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  3. It is the title deeds that ve been back dated to 2008. The land in question was sold in 2015. We know what is know what is happening at the ministry of land.

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    • Around 2013, the Sata administration installed the LMS at ministry of lands. This system uses user ids that would pinpoint any transaction done and by who. If it was 2015, the culprits would have been identified. This looks like a pre-LMS job.

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    • Zambians are never short of ways of scandalizing their perceived enemies. You must be too young to remember how a certain Malcolm Freed had acquired a few islands on Lake Tanganyika on those early days. Of course you’d rather see it the PF and not in Mwanawasa. A lie will never become a truth no matter how much you try.

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    • Mr. Khakis, you are 100% right. This is the system they used on FTJ. Everyone focused on FTJ while ignoring anything bad that happened under Mwanawasa. They tried to bring it back on RB and now it is ECL. But this time round it lacks the impact it had in the Mwanawasa era as the state infiltration has been dealt a blow.

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    • The Island was sold by PF under late Sata. Remember Sata had huge nkongole after his failed presidential bid. Sata promised Taiwanese investments in Zambia including the sale of the lake which initially FTJ Chiluba offered it to Katumbi, the Congolese dubbed as Zambian by Chiluba regime.

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  4. Obviously they know who purchased the island but they just don’t want to tell us. The person who bought the island must be brought on air and explain to the Zambian public how he/she purchased the land.

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  5. They are lying that it was sold in 2008 , this was sold to a PF financial backer after PF came to power , why do you think they are hiding the name ?? As if it is illigal ???

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    • Am not a UPND supporter! BUT!!!

      Imagine HH had bought an island! Government would never tell us who was involved?

      Am afraid PF is vanishing at a very fast rate.

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    • If this island was sold pre PF believe me PF would be queing up to name the individual…..but because they know this island was sold while they were in power to one of theirs they will not mention any names…….lies have a way of comming back to bit you

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    • …spaka chikopo….always looking for ways to twist truths to suit your narrow view of politics. What a shame….

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  6. Why are we apportioning actions to political dispensations? It is a pathetic Zambian mindset that cuts across political divide. Also remember that there is no significant ideological divide that confines any group of people to any corner in Zambia. Just look at political prostitutes lying with whomever pays them for their political promiscuity.

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    • Don’t think so! That is the reason freedom of information is not being given a chance of day light.

      They say they are sorting it out, but do you honestly believe these fauckers want to expose themselves?

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    • They are lying about 2008 , that is why they will not name any names, it is one of them……….ask your selves , is naming someone who was involved in a legal action a secreate ?? Why are they not naming any names ??

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  7. Reasons why Zambia will not develop? We love to live fiction not reality. Even Congolese mock us that “muntu wa Zambie kusema, sema kabisa” . Someone here has found an anomaly and wants to rectify it but you still find something evil to say.

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    • Just rectify it and pf can keep the names secreate as if it is illigal to name , but don’t lie about 2008

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    • Look at the praises Kambwili got when he started his corruption rhetoric on PF and ECL?? These credulous twits even started convincing themselves he could be next president. But when he is exposed and arrested for the corruption of creating fake companies and awarding himself contracts, they look the other way and deliberately ignore this. It’s actually dangerous to allow this group near power as there would be a vicious persecution on their perceived enemies and any dissent would be brutally crushed. Remember Rwanda?? When people started to ignore wrongs and they created and targeted a particular group as evil, it all culminated into a historical catastrophe generations will never forget, BEWARE!!!!

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    • Citizen….
      “….Look at the praises Kambwili got when he started his corruption rhetoric on PF and ECL?? ..”

      We all remember the same rhetoric sata used against RB , where is RB today ?? he is the papett master.

      And after all your ranting of how corrupt CK is , only after he outed lungu bytheway, all you have on him is a signature of his son ???? Pathetic.

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    • @Spaka, even in advanced countries names are kept secret until certain things have been concluded because you may just open yourself to litigation. You’ll be the first one to accuse government of incompetence if this happened.

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    • #Spaka I thought you were a genius who can easily hack into the mol system and get the name on the title.

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    • …twisting and turning, showing your evasiveness, you really can’t focus on a particular topic, can you??? I thought you posted this @9 : “…this was sold to a PF financial backer after PF came to power…” ??????????

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    • Yes , our informants tell us it some one big in PF , that is why they will not say who…..

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    • Then you know who it’s so give us the name…or is it what KK used Kachepa the one who is fond of ” have you heard….
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  8. Name the individual who bought the island , then citizens will know the truth about who is involved in this dirty deal .

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  9. Man, this is a great place, free swimming, look how happy the guys are in the photo. Who wouldn’t want to buy a nice looking place like that?

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  10. Have we forgotten the corruption of RB and Sons? and the arrogance of the MMD cadres with slogans “ngolacula lobe”, these people were capable of anything.
    Waiting for more details otherwise this ‘dirty deal’ has got all the hall marks of the then MMD…

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  11. Funny that it took 10 yrs to kick the local 3000 squatters off the land and it only now comes to the media.

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  12. He noted that Government will not allow indiscriminate displacement of people without following the due process of the law.
    This means that Government will allow indiscriminate displacement of people if you follow the due process of the law.

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