The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has cautioned the PF government against giving land carelessly to foreigners in the name of development.
Speaking at a Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Land Policy Review Workshop, ZEMA Director General Joseph Sakala expressed worry at the rate land was being given out to foreingers.
“The rate at which land is being given out for developmental projects is worrying. We will find ourselves without land,” he said.
He said projects should be considered on the premise that they should not harm the environment and displace people at the expense profit.
Mr Sakala observed that people get displaced at the expense of investments without adequate resettlement benefits.
He cited the Munali Nickle Mine Project as a case in point where people were resettled to areas unfit for human habitation.
“People have been shifted and tossed out of their own land but without any decent habitation and compensation. We have to find a better way so that people do not end up nomads,” said Sakala.