KELVIN CHONGO, Parliament
MINISTER of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata says there must be equal access to land by both men and women.
Contributing to debate on the report of the committee on land, environment and tourism, Ms Kapata said women have continued to face difficulties in accessing land, which she said must not be the case.
She told Parliament that in March this year, president Lungu instructed her office in his speech to the house to ensure equal access to land by both men and women.
She said the President directed the ministry to ensure 50 percent of land is allocated to women each time local authorities and the Ministry of Lands has land.
“In order to ensure this directive is implemented in line with the protocol on gender and development, my ministry has since directed all local authorities in the country to ensure there is a 50/50 percent allocation of land,” she said.
Ms Kapata said as a woman, she is determined to ensure this directive is achieved.
And Ms Kapata said her ministry is currently finalising the land policy and is reviewing various pieces of legislation which will be completed by the end of the year.
She said the policy and legislation will ensure gender parity in land allocation.