Chief Chisunka of the Ushi people in Mansa district has appealed to government to devise certificates for local people who are given customary land.
The chief suggested that the certificates should be issued by traditional leaders to people who obtain pieces of customary land.
He told ZANIS in Mansa that it was difficult and expensive for an ordinary citizen to acquire title deeds for a piece of land hence the local people were disadvantaged.
Chief Chisunka explained that local people in villages can acquire land from chiefs but they cannot afford to pay for title deeds.
He said coming up with a certificate for customary land will allow local people to own land that they can use to develop themselves.
The traditional leader said such a certificate will be important as it will help people use it to develop themselves and get the title deed once they have developed themselves to manage to pay the costs for the title deeds.
He observed that currently, the only people who are having land are those Zambians that have money and some foreign investors who have no problems with paying for the costs of land title.
Chief Chisunka further said if government allows chiefs to issues land certificates, poverty levels among the local people will reduce because many will have land and be able to use it productively.
Meanwhile, a lands officer at the Ministry of Lands in Mansa, Sera Nalavwe, has advised the local people to consider seeking advice from her office and the council before they buy land from any person.
Ms. Nalavwe said many people who buy land from individuals are cheated and in turn put the blame on government.
She said this can be avoided if people were to consult before buying land.