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Over One Million Title Deeds Processed Through Zambia’s New Land Administration System

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GOVERNMENT says over 300,000 title deeds have so far been processed using the newly installed Zambia Integrated Land Administration System (ZILAS).

Speaking during a Press briefing, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Elijah Muchima said the system recorded over one million accounts where 300,000 title deeds were processed.

Elijah Muchima said 200,000 records had issues to do with Invitation to Treat (ITT) adding that the other 500,000 records required verification such as missing National Registration Card (NRC) and contact numbers.

Mr. Muchima stated that on May 17, 2023, the Ministry moved from the old Zambia Integrated Land Management Information System (ZILMIS) to the new one to help address the many challenges surrounding the ministry’s operations.

He observed that the old system was so porous such that issues to do with corruption were the order of the day.

“Members of the press, I must tell you that the old system was so porous that it was full of corruption. People used to log in and change title deeds anyhow and this caused a lot of confusion and land wrangles,” said Mr. Muchima.

He stated that corruption was at the centre stage where a charge of K70 for a particular service was being manipulated to K5000 or K7000, a situation he described as unfortunate.

Mr. Muchima expressed optimism that the system will be controlled as efforts are being made by Smart Zambia to ensure a corrupt free operating system.

He said the system is accessible everyday and will help reduce the timespent by people to receive their title deeds.

The Minister also dispelled social media reports that the new system had crashed but explained that for the past three weeks there was a deliberate shut down of the system.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Despite the few challenges in the exercise, which of course I hope you’re addressing, you have done well on this score. I now urge you to cleanup the valuation roll. Most of these uptown properties like malls and office complexes are not properly valued and many don’t even exist on the valuation roll and therefore don’t pay property rates. Last time I checked, LCC was collecting more revenue in property rates from Chakunkula Ward in Matero than Independence Ward that covers the CBD. We can’t continue to tolerate this anomaly

  2. Zambians are masters in corruption. You have simply removed a system which was manipulated by the previous government to a new system which will be manipulated by the current. How do you install a corrupt free system without explaining the measures you have taken to make it such? This land you are giving to foreigners will come back to haunt Zambia. The Chiefs are fast asleep and by the time they wake up, they will be no chiefdom to rule.

  3. N0nsense. They are using this system to try and grab land from those perceived to be HH enemy. Let them come to my lands if they want to meet their maker early. Those villagers who encroached on my land years ago are now been forced to complain about me by upnd.

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