The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources has directed private land owners who have fenced off water source frontiers to remove the fencing immediately. Jean Kapata explained that no person or investor is allowed to fence water sources or bodies.
Ms Kapata disclosed that 50 meters from water frontier should be left open for community use. The Minister made the comment in Siavonga when she was addressing Journalists who wanted to find out what measures her ministry is putting in place to deter people from fencing water sources.
She said communities have the right to access water frontiers as they are a natural resource. Ms Kapata wondered where domestic and wild animals will drink water from if all river frontiers are fenced off.
She stressed that government will not allow a few individuals to enjoy water sources at the expense of majority Zambians. The Minister said she will soon write to land officers in the provinces to give notices to people who have barricaded river frontiers.
Ms Kapata said she will not wait for the draft national land policy to be enacted for her to swing into action.