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Jean Kapata axes Kalulushi Council

MINISTER of Lands Jean Kapata and Commissioner of Lands Wilfred Muma leave State House after presenting their quarterly report to President Lungu yesterday. PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Lands Jean Kapata has suspended Kalulushi Municipal Council on the Copperbelt from serving as its land administration agent for its failure to adhere to guidelines and procedures in the management of the natural resource.

This comes barely a week after Government suspended Kabwe Municipal Council and Ndola City Council from serving as its land administration agents for equally failing to adhere to guidelines in the management of land.
Ms Kapata said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that all land administration processes at Kalulushi Municipal Council will now be handled by the provincial land office until sanity is restored.
“Government has suspended Kalulushi Municipal Council from serving as its land administration agent for their failure to adhere to guidelines and procedures in the management of the natural resource until further notice,” she said.
On Thursday last week, Ms Kapata suspended Kabwe Municipal Council and Ndola City Council from serving as its land administration agents for their failure to adhere to guidelines and procedures in the management of the natural resource.
She warned all councils countrywide that the ministry will not hesitate to revoke the agency for any council that will be found violating the guidelines and procedures in land administration.
Ms Kapata has since urged technocrats in her ministry to revise administrative circular number one ne of 1985 to improve the administration of land. She regretted the high prevalence of illegality and lawlessness pertaining to land allocation and acquisition in Zambia, which is threatening law and order and, consequently, affecting socio-economic development in this country.
Meanwhile, CATHERINE MUMBA reports that Government through the Ministry of Lands has banned the export of all types of timber species until further notice.
Ms Kapata said in a statement that the move is aimed at empowering the local people and ensure sustainable operation of the local timber industry.

 






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