NSATO FOREST SETTLERS GIVEN OFFER LETTERS

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Government has issued over 1-hundred and 50 offer letters to settlers of the degazetted Nsato Forest in Mufulira, who have been living under the threat of eviction since 2006.

Mufulira District Commissioner Mike Manda who handed over the letters to the jubilant settlers said government wants them to settle and concentrate on their economic activities.

Mr. Manda said the reason government has built a clinic and a school in the area is because it does not want the settlers to be displaced by anyone.

He said there will be no meaningful development if people do not own land where they live.

And Mufulira Mayor Gift Mushinge assured the settlers that no one will evict them now that government has given them offer letters.

Mr. Mushinge urged the settlers to go on with their farming activities without fear.

He revealed that this is just the beginning of the process which will see all settlers given offer letters.

Ceres Bakery, a Kitwe-based company bought one thousand five hundred hectares in the degazetted forest and has over the years been threatening to evict thousands of settlers.

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