Friday, April 12, 2024
HomeLocal NewsMuchima U-turns on degazetting forests

Muchima U-turns on degazetting forests

By NATION REPORTER 

MINISTER of Lands and Natural Resources, Elijah Muchima, has said government does not have an agenda to de-gazette forests as they are committed to protect them.

Muchima indicated that he was quoted out of context when he was responding to questions in Parliament in reference to Kawena Forest and Forest 27.

Muchima clarified that his response in Parliament was meant to highlight that a forest can be de-gazetted because of a growing population and other compelling reasons and not that government will de-gazette forests.

He noted that the Forest Act of 2015 gave the Presidency power to declare any place a forest, while section 11 under the Lands Acquisition Act allows the Presidency to de-gazette forests for the purpose of public interest.

Muchima added that people who were invading forests in the quest to regularize the land for settlement are doing so against the law.  

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Observer. on SEX PILLS IN WATER
Dr. I.P.A. Manning on THE BAN OF POACHERS IN ZAMBIA
Lulumbi on EXPENSIVE WORSHIP
Patrick Bwalya on THE ALEX CHOLA FACT-FILE
Patrick BWALYA on DRIVER HACKED, LEFT FOR DEAD