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Sunday, 31 May 2020 16:41

New customary land Law to address land disputes

Written by  Tione Andsen
T/A Mwansambo explaining progress of the program T/A Mwansambo explaining progress of the program

Nkhotakota, May 31, 2020:Traditional Authority (TA) Mwansambo of Nkhotakota has described the implementation of the new customary land law as a key weapon to address land disputes in the country.

He said this Saturday during a Media tour where the area is implementing pilot land reform programme in Denje Village Development Committee (VDC).

Mwansambo said land jurisdiction in an area helps communities have ownership of their land.

“The new customary land law empowers traditional leaders to ensure that cases of land disputes have been minimized. Every individual and families will have the rightful ownership of their land with proper issued documents,” he said.

The Chiefs pointed out that the exercise would help to provide security of land to communities whereby issues of property grabbing particularly land would be reduced drastically.

“ when the issues was first introduced to us, we thought government wants to reduced powers of the Chiefs and they want to take control of land issues in our areas but these fears and misconceptions  have been cleared,” Mwansambo added.

He said every tradition leader in the area need to adhere to the implementation of the new customary land law so that everybody’s right to own land should be respected all the time.

Land Surveyor and GIS Specialists, Land Reforms Implementation Unit, Masida Mbano has hailed communities of Denje VDC for understanding and adopting the new concept of customary land.

He said the sensitization meetings which were conducted in the area before the implementation of the programme helped them to appreciation the new arrangement.

“Denje has land community which was duly elected to oversee the implementation of the land jurisdiction exercise in the area. We will be conducting a capacity building programme for them to be empowered to do their work effectively,” Mbano disclosed.

He said the exercise would help communities to own their land with proper valid government documentation and that this could help a surety to any institution.

Mbano said land clerk was already working with traditional leaders to make sure the implementation of the programme was supported by all stakeholders so that rightful owners register their land.

“We have successfully conducted similar exercises in TA’s Nazombe in Phalombe and Lukwa in Kasungu. Both traditional leaders and communities have appreciated that their land parcels have been protected by law,” Land Surveyor pointed out.  

Senior Group Village Headman, Denje who is Chairperson of Land Committee in the area said the committee would not allow corrupt practices to be used during the exercise.

He warned that any one found to be doing that would be brought to them for action and traditional   leaders in the areas are encouraged to guard against this malpractice.