Chiefs and traditional affairs minister Nkandu Luo, who was accompanied by deputy minister in the office of the vice president Davis Mwango, gave the directive yesterday.
This was during a consultative meeting held by the minister and his entourage with three chiefs namely Mulendema, Kabulwebulwe and Chibuluma held at chief Mulendema’s palace.
The minister said the over 1000 squatters who migrated from Southern Province have been given four months to harvest their produce and vacate the hunting area.
Prof. Luo added that government can no longer entertain illegal settlers in the Game Management Area where it raises revenue through hunting for national development. She said the animal population in the Kafue National Park which is one of the biggest in the world has reduced because of the disturbances by the people who have settled in the GMA.
The minister added that the squatters who are ready to move on their own should do so and choose where to settle before government relocates them. She also disclosed that government will not compensate the squatters for any loss because the squatters were illegally staying in the GMA.
The minister has however directed the Zambia Wildlife Authority [ZAWA] and Zambia Police Service to intensify patrols in the GMA. Meanwhile, chief Mulendema of the Ila people bordering the Kafue national park denied ever allowing people to settle in the GMA. He has however supported the government move to evict the illegal squatters from the GMA.