Transparency International Zambia fingers govt officials in alleged land grab at National Park


Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z) has expressed concerns over the encroachment into Lusaka National Park.

TI-Z Executive Director, Maurice Nyambe, alleged that this encroachment was enabled by a conspiracy between officials from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Lusaka City Council.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, Nyambe stated that land was a critical resource essential for the survival of both humans and wildlife.

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“National parks, including Lusaka National Park, serve not only as habitats for wildlife but also as vital water recharge zones,” he said.

Nyambe highlighted a decline in citizen integrity and responsibility towards safeguarding the environment and natural habitats.

“The alarming rise in encroachments can be attributed to unchecked and irresponsible actions by ministries and agencies responsible for land administration and management,” he stated.

He alleged that some self-serving individuals and suspected political affiliates exploited systemic weaknesses to acquire land titles with impunity.

“TI-Z firmly believes that without accountability for those who abuse their positions, the cycle of land encroachments and mismanagement will persist, undermining our environmental and societal well-being,” he pointed out.

Nyambe also expressed support for the Minister of Land and Natural Resources’ intention to initiate a thorough investigation into the matter to ensure all involved parties are brought to justice.

“We urge the ministry to decisively address systemic issues in land administration and management and swiftly close loopholes that enable such malpractice,” he said.

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