By Patson Chilemba and Lambwe Kachali (Daily Revelations)
Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Lands have revealed that President Edgar Lungu’s daughter, Tasila, was recently advised by Lands and Environmental Protection permanent secretary Ndashe Yumba to stop fencing the gazetted Forest Number 70 in Sinda, Eastern Province.
The sources revealed to Daily Revelation, that Yumba called Tasila to his office and urged against going ahead with the fencing of the 3790 hectares Forest.
The sources said although Tasila promised to get back to Yumba after that meeting, she had not done so todate
The sources said Tasila ignored the PS’ genuine advice, and went ahead with her activities on the Forest, next to the farm that used to belong the late Benny Zulu.
“PS Yumba advised her that what she was doing was jot serving the best interests of her father (President Lungu), but she insisted that she wanted to fence the forest in order to protect the Forest and that she wanted to put animals in the forest, which is not her private property as it belongs to the government of the Republic of Zambia,” the sources said.
When contacted for comment, Yumba could not comment as he had a bereavement.
Recently, Daily Revelation revealed the fencing of Forest 70 – an issue that compelled ruling PF member Colonel Panji Kaunda recently to write Lands minister Jean Kapata to stop the person who was fencing the Forest and also called for the prosecution of the perpetrator.
But when Daily Revelation contacted Kapata for comment over the matter, she said she had not yet seen Col Panji’s letter but that she had received complaints from the community in Sinda against the fencing of the Forest, which hosted a clinic, school and a dam.
When asked to mention the name of the person, Kapata vehemently refused to do so saying she had already given the journalist what he wanted to hear over the matter. Kapata also refused the journalist from mentioning the name of the person involved.