CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
PRESIDENT Lungu has degazetted 1,000 hectares of the Dambwa forest for allocation to people who applied to Livingstone City Council (LCC) for residential plots in 2012.
The 1,000 hectares of land will benefit over 2,000 applicants who attended interviews as part of the due process to acquire land.
LCC acting town clerk Grayson Sakala said President Lungu has finally degazetted part of the Dambwa forest to empower people with land.
Mr Sakala said in an interview recently that the Ministry of Lands has written to the local authority confirming to the authority of the change of use after the land was degazetted by the head of State.
“The degazetting of the land by the President has been done and the council has been given 1,000 hectares to allocate to the people who applied for the plots in 2012. The ministry wrote to us that the land has been degazetted,” he said.
Mr Sakala said the local authority will now begin the process of ensuring the land is given to people who applied for it.
He said the council will ensure guidelines are followed in allocating plots to the respective people.
Mr Sakala said the council is in the process of planning for the land, after which the plans will be submitted to the Ministry of Lands for approval.
“After we have finished the planning, that is, the slotting of the plots, we are going to send the plan to the Ministry of Lands for numbering of the plots,” he said.
He said some of the major structures earmarked for inclusion in the plan are a football stadium and two universities.
Mr Sakala said there is need for people to be patient because the council has not yet deliberated the matter.
He said the other part of land near the forest was allocated in 2007- 2009, and is not part of the forest.