GOVERNMENT is holding discussions with cooperating partners to boost investments in resettlement schemes throughout the country, Vice President Inonge Wina has said.
Mrs Wina said resettlement schemes have for a long time been neglected from the time they were initiated during the United National Independence Party administration but have been revamped under the Patriotic Front administration.
The Vice President said this in an interview here yesterday to wrap-up her two day tour of the Copperbelt Province where she held meetings with traditional leaders, party officials and members in Lufwanyama district.
She said the PF administration is determined to improve resettlement schemes as they are key to boosting agriculture and eradicating poverty.
“There are many plans that Government is putting in place to improve resettlement schemes. We believe that resettlement schemes can be an answer to food security in the country because we have our own Zambians owning land which they can use productively.
“It has been a challenge because most of the resettlements were created during [first Republican President] Dr Kenneth Kaunda’s administration and in between [successive governments], people in the resettlements were neglected and now the PF [administration] wants to ensure that something is done in the resettlement schemes,” Mrs Wina said.
Mrs Wina said Government has already distributed some items in resettlement schemes during the coronavirus pandemic period in view of slowed down socio-economic activities to help people sustain themselves.
She said discussions are underway with some cooperating partners to see how investments can be enhanced in the resettlements.
“We have a mammoth task but we are equal to the task,” Mrs Wina said.
And Mrs Wina said Government through the Ministry of Lands has started issuing title deeds to people in new resettlement areas.
She said the process has been slow in some cases due to some challenges at the Ministry of Lands.
“Sometimes if there are challenges in the ministry, we slow down on the issuance of title deeds but with the former miners, I think we are ahead, this is being done in those areas that were selected to resettle the ex-miners,” Mrs Wina said.
July 12, 2020…