By Michael Kaumba

Government will evict hundreds of illegal settlers who have encroached in the LUWEMBE National Park in NGABWE District before the end of the year.

Green Economy and Environment Minister COLLINS NZOVU says the settlers have taken advantage of traditional leadership vacuum following the death of Chief NGABWE in 2018 by acquiring huge tracts of land and are engaged in charcoal burning.

Mr. NZOVU has also warned those who have bought land from Indunas that they will lose their investment as the government will not compensate any illegal settlers.

And Mr. NZOVU has advised Chief MUKUBWE of NGABWE District to offer land to the government so that his chiefdom can benefit from carbon trading.

Speaking when he called on the Chief at his palace, Mr. NZOVU said the government has signed memoranda of understanding with a number of countries aimed at preserving forests and empowering local communities.

And Chief MUKUBWE complained that the area has been invaded by people who have engaged in charcoal burning and are cutting down trees indiscriminately.

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