Many new locations have come up after farms were sub-divided, however many residents have not received title deeds.
This has opened an opportunity for corruption as land owners have retained the titled deeds.
In some instances even Council have not given residents title deeds.
The matter was raised in Parliament recently and below is the interaction with the Local Government position.
HON. NDUNA: Madam Speaker Maam, land was given to private developers by the Ministry of Local Government in conjunction with the Ministry of Lands and the places that I am talking about where title is surveyed.
These private developers had farms that had title deeds which they sub-divided. These farms, subdivided as they are, the current owners have not been given title deeds.
They subdivided their farms legally and sold according to an agreement between the buyer and the seller.
Does the Ministry have the power to compel those former owners to produce or to give the current owners the title deeds before they pass on because this is what has happened; some people have passed on without having benefited from title deeds which has a resultant effect of reversal.
The former owners can actually continue to hold on to title deeds and not give title deeds to the children of the buyer after they have passed on.
HON. CHOMBO: Thank you for clarifying the question. Let me take you back a little bit.
What happens when a farmer feels like he wants to develop into residential stands, he hands over that farm back to the Ministry of Lands, through a letter expressing no interest or not refusing the farm owner to use that land as residential.
The Ministry of Lands then hands over that farm to Local Government and now, it is no longer the farm for that farmer. It is now Lands who have handed over that farm to Local Government.
Now, Local Government, in conjunction with local authority, has a master plan for every local authority. If we see that the area falls within our master plan, we approve that development.
The farmer brings the plans to Local Government and we approve the plan. Once we approve, we agree on what we are going to do to get to the development that has been approved. We give conditions and he or she signs a memorandum of agreement stipulating what stages are to be taken, like servicing and so forth.
After the servicing, he/she is supposed to pay intrinsic value for that land he/she is going to sell to the prospective land owners. Up until that is done, that is when he/she can now sell the stands to prospective buyers.
What has been happening is that 99% of the time, the land developer has not paid the intrinsic value of that land to local Government for us to be able to approve for those tenants to get title deeds.
Normally, once all the steps have been followed, we do not refuse. We even support that they get title deeds. As I said before, I will appreciate if you can favour me with the developers who are failing to produce the title deeds. I thank you.
*HON. NYABANI: Thank you Madam Speaker.
Can the Ministry of Local Government talk to local authorities so that people get title deeds because they are issuing out lease agreements.
There are no title deeds at local authorities in Rushinga and so forth.
Is it possible for the Ministry to meet local authorities and how long will it take so that we get title deeds in areas like Rushinga?
* HON. CHOMBO: Thank you Madam Speaker. I thank the Hon.
Member for the suggestion on what we should do.
Currently, as Local Government, we have realised that if we issue title deeds to land owners who would have followed all the necessary steps, it encourages other developers to follow suite so that they also get title deeds.
On this programme, we are working together with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education and the Ministry of National Housing.
We are taking it as an example at Caledonia, Nyatsime and other areas so that the land owners there are able to pay for the service and get their title deeds. All the other local authorities will be doing the same.
I thank you.