GOVERNMENT has degazetted Maposa Zone B forest reserve in Luanshya to pave way for the legal resettlement of residents.
Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili announced this on behalf of President Sata in Maposa yesterday.
Mr Kambwili said President Sata is committed to improving the living conditions of all Zambians.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Minister of Youth and Sport, said Maposa residents have for a long time remained vulnerable to political manipulation over land.
He said the allocation of land should not be politicised and used as a means to solicit votes from the electorate.
Mr Kambwili said K600,000 is needed in legal fees to process the transfer of ownership of the 4,345 hectares of land but the local people cannot afford this cost.
He said, however, that Government has decided to sell the plots to the residents at K50.
Mr Kambwili said 20 hectares of the land will be sold to outsiders at a cost of K20,000 to cushion demarcation fees.
Mr Kambwili warned against corruption in the demarcation of the land and declared all previous land demarcations in the area null and void.
He warned that Government will not tolerate irregularities in land matters.
The minister also directed the Copperbelt Province land resettlement office and Luanshya Municipal Council to complete the demarcation of the land by December this year and title deeds issued to beneficiaries by June next year.
And Luanshya Central member of Parliament Stephen Chungu said legalising Maposa B Zone forest reserve is an indication that the Patriotic Front (PF) government is delivering on the promises made to the people.
Mr Chungu, who is also Luanshya PF district chairperson, said the move is one of Government’s many pointers in fostering development to rural parts of the country.
Maposa, which is situated in a forest reserve area, has a population of over 3,000 people and was divided in three zones. Zones A and C were degazetted in 2010