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Minister quizzed in House over abandoned land survey project

19th April 2012
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Deputy minister Aggrey Mwanri

Special Seats legislator Conchesta Rwamlaa (Chadema) yesterday pressed the government to explain the fate of 800 Bukoba municipal residents who were forced to contribute for land survey but never got the plots.

She said the land which the wananchi were promised would be surveyed had not been surveyed and allotted to them to date.

The MP said this yesterday when asking a supplementary question. Rwamlaza said Bukoba municipal council collected funds for the survey ten years ago but nothing had been done sp far.

“What is the government's plan to compensate these people due to the embarrassment they have been experiencing for the past ten years?” asked the MP.

Earlier, in her principal question, the MP had wanted to know the government stance on the matter since the municipal council was not being fare to its residents.

Responding to the question, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Aggrey Mwanri said the government had struggled to seek means of resolving the dispute in vain.

“The only solution is for the people of Bukoba to take up the plots and pay for them,” said the deputy minister.

Mwanri said regardless of the delays in being given plots, the government had tried all the means, but the only solution was for the people to take up their plots.

“We are aware of the long-existing land dispute which involves people who paid money for the plots, but due to delays they have lost hope, causing misunderstanding among the leaders of the council itself,” said Mwanri.

He said in 1996 the council announced to Bukoba residents who were willing to contribute money for the survey of the plots.

"We are aware that many people responded positively," he said.

The deputy minister said the response was so good that and some paid 50,000/-, 60,000/- , while others paid 70,000/- and institutions contributed 100,000/-and 200,000/-, depending on the size of the plot to be surveyed.

He said the total amount contributed reached 58,562,600/-.

He said the main reason for non-refund of the money was a loan amounting to 2.9bn/- from Unit Trust of Tanzania which the council had secured for the purpose.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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