the statutory forms etc. A provisional certificate of title was not an adequate basis for investment in farm improvements because ‘anybody could grab it’. He felt that there was too much ‘gate keeping’ by the officials in the office of the Commissioner of Lands. He said that rentals were very low and that they did not justify the cost of collection. 11.30 Thursday 21/11/02 Government Printer to purchase of the Land Act 1975. (The Lands Act of 1995 is an ‘empty shell’ Government Printer without the regulations.) The Local Government Act 1996 was not in stock, neither were the regulations to the Lands Act. Referred to Ministry of Legal Affairs. Appendix 2: Schedule of Meetings and Discussions 32 11.45 Thursday 21/11/02 Ministry of Legal Affairs Fairley Road 251588 Informed that the Local Government Act could be printed for me from a CD ROM. Collect on Friday. Consilia However the Regulations for the Lands Act would have to be obtained from the Ministry of Lands. 12.00
Thursday 21/11/02 Registrar Land Land Tribunal Tribunal Briefly met with the Registrar to arrange an appointment for 1400 Friday. 14.00 Thursday 21/11/02 FAO, House No 5, Addis Ababa Drive, Ridgeway 252558 [email protected] Richard W. Fuller, Resident Representative 1. Mr Fuller had emphasised to DFID the importance of making the link between the agricultural sector and other sectors. For example, ‘land issues come up in everything’ – including irrigation development policy and strategy. Periodically land scams, particularly involving the acquisition of land by foreigners, hit the press. For example, a South African recently managed to acquire 200 km 2 (14x14 km). 2. Fuller recommended a meeting with Mr Aongala, Director of Planning in Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. There were problems in the allocation of the Game management Areas (GMAs). Holders of customary rights were being displaced, etc. 3. Access to land for poor people is a problem on the ‘line of rail’, particularly in Copperbelt Province
and Southern (south of Lusaka). 4. He also recommended contacting Dutch Gibson and Peter Aagard (265455) and Ron Landless – commercial farmers. 33 Appendix 2: Schedule of Meetings and Discussions 15.00 Thursday 21/11/02 Agricultural Consultative Forum Secretariat, Plot 30G Sable Road, Kabulonga Tel 260767 [email protected] [email protected] Dr Anthony Mwanaumo (Coordinator) Bobi K. Nebwe (Programme Officer) 1. Dr Mwanaumo, an economist, talked of the artificial scarcity of land in Zambia. Because undeveloped land was not taxed, people acquired land and held on to it for speculative purposes, particularly in urban areas. He said that this also applied to well-located fertile agricultural land, which was now very difficult to come by. Smallholdings on state land in peri-urban areas (5-20 ha) commanded high prices and were being acquired and ‘demarcated’ (i.e. subdivided). 2. State land was being widely transacted but it was not a publicly transparent process. Land administration (i.e. issuing of titles) was a highly centralised (in Lusaka and Ndola only) and land titling was excessively complicated and ‘information was internalised’. He said that there was a great deal of
‘rent seeking’ and gate keeping going on in the office of the Commissioner of Lands.
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