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Jean Kapata followed the laid down procedures in acquiring Land in the controversial Forest Reserve

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Jean kapata, MP, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources
Jean kapata, MP, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

The Ministry of Lands has clarified that Lands and Natural Resources Minister Jean Kapata followed the laid down procedures in acquiring Land in the controversial Forest Reserve number 27.

Acting Lands Commissioner George Sindila said Mrs. Kapata bought Land in the degazetted Forest and followed the procedure according to the documents received by his office.

Mr Sindila said the assertion therefore that the said land was not advertised are not true because the law does not compel the Commissioner of Lands to advertise land for sell.

Mr Sindila who was speaking at a media briefing confirmed that Mrs Kapata has indeed acquired land in forest 27.

GEARS Initiative Zambia has demanded that Chief Justice Irene Mambilima must appoint a tribunal to investigate whether or not Lands Minister Jean Kapata has breached the law by allocating herself a plot in the controversial Lusaka East Local Forest Reserve number 27.

GEARS Initiative Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi said the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act of the Laws of Zambia provides that any citizen can apply to the Chief Justice to appoint a tribunal to investigate if a Minister or Member of Parliament has used his or her position to gain pecuniary advantage in such matters as land allocation.

Mr. Chipenzi has also challenged Former Tourism Minister William Harrington to consider applying to the Chief Justice to appoint a tribunal since he has been on this matter and has relevant experience in land issues.

He said Mr. Harrington should take up the challenge in the public and national interest to seriously request the Chief Justice to immediately appoint a tribunal to investigate the matter of Forest Reserve Number 27 as he has vast experience in tribunals in particular the Dora Siliya and Sylvia Masebo tribunals.

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  1. What is the procedure I also want to buy….Why is this procedure not public information…come on jokers don’t think the whole nation are sleeping.

    • The reason it was de-gazetted. Just to share among PEPs. The VP, Chief injustice, Kakoma all but PEPs. Where does this leave chichi who in not a PEP.

    • Heeesh This PF!
      This kind of abuse is getting too much. I think they even grab your spouses and sleep with them while you watch, ati ni Christian Nation.

    • When was the forest degazetted and what where the procedures? Surly the next govt will spend the first term cleaning up the PF mess. While everybody else is trying to address the impact of climate change, you lot are just interested in plots. Shame!

    • What laid down procedures that allow you to purchase reserve land …really sad…is Lazy Lungu going to direct Kapata to investigate herself!!

  2. She may have followed the socalled lay down procedures but she is the Minister of Lands so she would have faced plenty of conflicts in this allocation. She was in a position to use her position to obtain the said land which position no other citizens is in. This is certainly unfair. Isnt there a Minister’s code of conduct? Elias Chipimo please tell us because thhe government will only sweep the dirt under the carpet

  3. When you see such news coming up so fast, it simply means that now, all avenues of investigating the leaks in that land issues has now been destroyed and never to come back. That’s today’s Zambia where corruption is now treated as normal.

  4. Really. OK. The Ministry of Lands cannot say anything to the contrary – against the boss. No matter what. But the future will always be there for others to prove otherwise and all people supporting wrongs shall be locked-up as witnesses and people shall dance big time. Time will come because leaders are not kings – you dont live forever! Utsogoleli si umfumu – chewa = leaders are not kings!

  5. one word. conflict of interest!
    that’s why Zambians are killing themselves trying to get into politics it’s not to help the people but themselves do deals like this…

  6. The irony, a Zambian minister of Lands acquires land in a forest reserve that is meant to ensure continuity of water supply and fresh air. Dear God in heaven what did we do as Zambians to deserve leaders who care about no one but themselves.

  7. She must have gotten the land thru abusing her GRZ connections and corruptly influencing the process.Here in the west they call it “influence peddling”

  8. If lungu could legalise corruption, he would without blinking…….the gang headed from statehouse call it social mobility.

    Lungu deliberately leaves such scandals unchecked so as to dilute his looting , he doesn’t act on such issues to try to normalise stealing and corruption in Zambia, hoping this will provide cover for his many stealing allegations.

    The truth will emerge……

    You can be assured of future campaign promises to bring lungu to justice by future presidential asspirants….

  9. “The Ministry of Lands has clarified that Lands and Natural Resources Minister Jean Kapata followed the laid down procedures in acquiring Land in the controversial Forest Reserve number 27.”

    Conflict of interest of the highest order. She is minister of lands, buying de-gazetted land, which was a preserve of the ministry of lands. President Lungu has to suffer with these riff raff ministers. If he had to get rid of Jean Kapata, the thief at tourism, and the home affairs kampyongo, Zambia would begin to move forward.

    DEC and not ACC should investigate this. ACC has a pretty CEO that is clueless.

  10. “The acting commissioner of lands says the law does not compel the office of commissioner of lands to advertise land for sale”……Really?……these people take us for fools. It is public land they are talking about, not private land. If it was private land Kapata had bought it could have been none of our business. This is government land in question. The wrongs under this government are just too overwhelming. One wrong after the other. Time is ticking

  11. This is government land we are discussing bwana commissioner of lands. It is not private land which anyone is free to buy

  12. If you don’t call this corruption, then we don’t understand corruption in Zambia. Why do they even sign the code of conduct when they can’t understand simple acts. Infact even the Commissioner involved should not be in that position if he can defend such.

  13. Cry my beloved Zambia. We need to change the politics of this country. We need a selfless leader to be able to stop this kind of abuse of office and political appeasement. We need a party without cadres! We need to re-wire our voters so that they can be able to vote for a leader who has no cadres to appease. Otherwise we shall forever be talking about such vices.

  14. Zambian Lands Minister uses her position, & insider information to unfairly advantage herself, & appropriate State gazetted land, which was NOT advertised, as would be in any normal functioning nation.
    MeanwhileBa Jona Disco is busy dancing, whilst Zambia has turned into a bonafide Kleptocracy.
    Where is red lips Monday Chanda, & (God) fridah in all this? Like I said everyday one gets to a Zambian news source, daily scandals drop like manna from heaven.

  15. This is disgusting! So called “hon” Jean Kapata and her ilk dance around “laid down procedures” (that they write themselves) pretending this makes it just OK to acquire land from a Forest Reserve. From a Forest Reserve!! Where is the honour in that?

    No wonder other cronies and political cadres have no problem playing fast and loose with land titles (42 houses anyone?), squatting, and other nonsense. And the man in Plot 1 sits by claiming to fight corruption? Sure boss. If it looks like corruption and smells like corruption it is corruption! Lay that one down why don’t you?

  16. Changes
    see no changes in Zambia, wake up in the morning and I ask myself
    Is life worth livin’? Should I blast myself?
    I’m tired of bein’ poor and, even worse, I’m have no income
    My stomach hurts so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch
    Cops give a damn about a Zambian
    Ignore the suffering Zambians and he’s a hero
    “Give the money to the rich, who the hell cares?
    One less hungry mouth on the welfare!”
    Give ’em guns, step back, watch ’em kill each other
    “It’s time to fight back,” that’s what Huey said
    I got love for my Zambian brothers and sisters
    But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other
    We gotta start makin’ changes
    Learn to see Zambians as humans instead of Animals
    And that’s how it’s supposed to be
    [Chorus: Talent]
    That’s just the way…

  17. Cont….
    That’s just the way it is
    Things’ll never be the same
    That’s just the way it is, aww yeah
    That’s just the way it is
    Things’ll never be the same
    That’s just the way it is, aww yeah

  18. The next investigation should look to see if her application received special preference in processing. I will bet she got special treatment and jumped the cue. Many citizens have a very hard time securing land. And when they finally do, it takes many months or even years in spite f having all the necessary papers.

  19. Mr Sindila said the assertion therefore that the said land was not advertised are not true because the law does not compel the Commissioner of Lands to advertise land for sell.

    ??? This fuuul surely, what is not true when his statement confirms that the land was not advertised? And if the law does not require the Commissioner of Lands to advertise land for sake, how then is it sold?
    I think that this acting commissioner of lands is a UPND cadre trying to implicate an innocent Honourable Jean Kapata, imagine such a statement in a court of law, no survival for Honourable Jean.

  20. ACC is bunch of toothless useless imbwa galu”s.
    whats the use of having institutions which are useless despite excellent brains.

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