A new report released by Human Rights Watch suggests the Zambian government should adopt a long-awaited customary land administration bill and upgrade its national land policy.
The Zambian government says the emergency measures are necessary to curb "politically motivated" arson attacks but opposition parties see the move as an effort by President Edgar Lungu to tighten his grip on power.
Local and governmental projects hope to offset the toxic effects in a town with one of the highest rates of lead pollution in the world.
Some people are arguing that the "Mother's Day" programme is widely abused, but the government is standing by the legislation that gives women a day off work every month during their period.
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