A dilemma has gripped the district administration in Luano district over the eviction order by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for illegal settlers to vacate South Swaka Forest Reserve.
ZANIS reports that Luano District Commissioner Christopher Chibuye, says it is difficult for his administration to enforce the order because government has since provided infrastructure in various sectors for the over 850 affected squatters.
This came to light when Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga, visited Luano district during his tour of government developmental projects.
Mr Chibuye revealed that government has already constructed schools, health facilities, boreholes and other social amenities for the people who have lived in the forest reserve for many years.
He wondered what government was going to do, not only with the people who would be evicted, but also with the established government institutions that would be abandoned in the Swaka Forest Reserve.
Mr Chibuye said government spent a lot of financial and human resources to construct the infrastructure and to provide the social amenities over a long period of time to the people who are now deemed to be illegal settlers in the forest reserve.
And Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga, acknowledged that such a move would result in wasting government resources.
Mr Mushanga however said he would engage his counterpart in the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and appealed to the district administration to wait for guidance.
He said there was indeed need to involve all stakeholders and find an amicable solution to the problem.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has issued eviction notices to over 850 families in the south Swaka Forest Reserve where government has also constructed roads, schools, health facilities and agricultural camps among other social amenities for people in the same forest over a long period of time.