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President Lungu says commercial farmers should compensate communities they displace in the process of establishing their operations

Author: James Kunda & Chusa Sichone, Times of Zambia (Zambia), Published on: 27 November 2017

"Zambia: Compensate Them - Lungu", 2 Nov 2017

President Edgar Lungu has said that the Government expects investors to make adequate compensation to indigenous persons displaced from their land to make way for business ventures such as large-scale farming. Mr Lungu said investors had an obligation to both the law and the settlers to abide by the national land policy, through ensuring that settlers displaced from land for business activities are adequately compensated...Mr Lungu said this to journalists in Lusaka on Tuesday, in reaction to reports that investors in some parts of the country were shilly-shallying in compensating settlers displaced from domestic land they had occupied for generations...This follows a research conducted by the HRW between June 2016 and August 2017 culminating into a 101-page report dubbed 'Forced to Leave: Commercial Farming and Displacement in Zambia launched in Lusaka recently...In its report, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) appealed to the Government to intervene in the displacement of villagers by commercial farmers in Central Province's Serenje District...

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