Chief Ndake of Ndake Chiefdom has said that the Traditional Land Holding Certificate (TLHCs) have reduced land disputes in his chiefdom and enhanced the protection of women land rights.
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Chief Ndake (left) during the launch of the Land Access and Tenure Security (LATS) Project in Nyimba[/caption]
To that effect he has called upon Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA) to advocate that the traditional leaders in the country embrace the TLHCs.
His Royal Highness chief Ndake explained that from the time that the TLHCs were introduced in his chiefdom, the number of land disputes had gone down because the certificates helped to provided evidence on the ownership of land and beacons are set on the ground to showing boundaries.
He added that women especially widows in his chiefdom now enjoy their land rights because they are protected even if their spouse dies, the TLHC protects them as the next of kin
“Cases of people fighting over land in my area has reduced because the TLHCs comes with it the setting of boundaries for each piece of land, and no woman will lose land because her husband has died because their details are entered on the certificate” explained the chief.
He further said that it would be a good practice that other chiefs and traditional leader can buy into even though the certificates are not at the same level as a title deed, they provided some form of security under customary tenure adding that even financial lending institutions such as Barclays and Natsave banks now wanted to work with his subjects because they have seen that they own land.