Minister Intervenes on Impulse Between Lodge Owners & Communities in Salima
Deputy Minister of Lands Abida Mia has directed the Salima District council to expedite discussions between Lodge owners and Communities along the Lake to end an impulse between the two parties over access to the lake.
Mia said this in Salima when she visited some of the Lodges along the beach saying there is a need for the creation of passage to allow communities access to the lake which they depend on their livelihood.
"We have observed that there are a number of problems between both investors and communities one of them being, construction of fences that do not allow communities access to the lake for the luck of space," Mia said.
She has since directed the district council to initiate talks between the two sides, admitting it is not a once-off thing.
Senior chief Maganga whose subjects are victims believes the minister's visit and comments, as well as directives to the council, will be taken seriously hoping to end the misunderstanding.
"As Magangas we are well known for fishing, our livelihood is dependant on the lake, there is no Maganga without the lake, so this must be addressed." He said.
Salima District Council Chairperson Councilor Esther Soko has since committed to expedites talks between the two parties to conclude the case.
The Lodge owners on the other hand also complain of people mainly fishers blocking the beach making it inaccessible to their guests.
Recently Minister of Tourism Michael Usi also visited the area on the same issue.