Zambian chiefs to retain customary land powers

The Zambian government has assured traditional leaders that they will continue to be custodians of customary land under the proposed land reform policy following last week’s stand-off that. “Some chiefs might be worried that the intention of government was to repossess land and strip them of powers to administer traditional…

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99-year land leases for white farmers in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement has ordered all 8 provincial resettlement offices in the country to start issuing 99-year land leases to the remaining white commercial farmers. The order is expected to benefit an estimated 200 white commercial farmers who are still operating in the country and…

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Sale of Zambian island sparks outrage

The sale of an island in Zambia with up to 1 000 inhabitants has sparked outrage among stakeholders who say the government must revoke the transaction. This comes barely months after government overturned the controversial sale of an entire chiefdom. Also read: Zambian government nullifies controversial chiefdom sale “I have asked…

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Zambia to restrict land leases for foreigners

The Zambian government is considering limiting land tenure ownership of foreigners from 99-year leases to 25 years, said Lands Minister Jean Kapata. She said many Zambians have asked for a ban on foreign land ownership. “Foreign land ownership is one of the major reforms to be reflected in the new…

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