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Government continues land laws talk

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Despite having some land bills passed by Parliament and subsequently assented to by President Peter Mutharika, the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development is still conducting more meetings about the laws.

Thursday, Minister of Lands and Urban Development, Atupele Muluzi, disclosed plans on how the land laws will be implemented.

Muluzi told journalists in Lilongwe that the government is continuing meeting various stakeholders after noting that there is lack of proper information on the land laws and that most sentiments are being made contrary to what is included in the existing laws.

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Muluzi said at the moment, a task force is being set up that will oversee the implementation of the laws.

“It has been decided to appoint a dedicated implementation task force. This team will be made of experts from across government and will be supported by further expertise and insights from our international development partners,” he said

He said the team will be unveiled soon alongside its mandate once the implementation plan is finalised.

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When asked whether the remaining six laws will have any impact on the implementation of the four laws that have been passed and assented to, Muluzi all the laws will be implemented in synergy.

“The final six bills including the Registered Land Act and Acquisition Bill will be presented to the house, so we will embark on a programme of education to ensure that parliamentarians and other key audiences appreciate the nature of these bills and their importance,” he said.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (Fao) Representative, Florence Rolle, said implementing the laws are compliant with the international standards as endorsed by United Nations in member countries in 2012 as stipulated in the voluntary guidelines.

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