Some residents of Bangayega and Kitopeni villages in Itigi Township, Singida region have claimed that they were yet to receive compensation from the government for their land they gave to pave the way for the construction of Itigi-Manyoni road.
They said this at a public meeting organised to discuss different problems they faced. They said they did not object to the government plan to develop the road, but said they needed their rights to be respected.
Villagers yet to receive compensation include Joseph Samweli, Gidion Mgwela, Iddi Ntungu, Magreth Watali, John Paulo, Jemima Didiyo, Tausi Didiyo, Nyamadebe Mapunda, Ngwashi Magembe, Tatu Mtinda, Samsoni Julius and Emanueli Mlilu.
Others are: Magreth Daniel, Lucas Mhona, Jumanne Mohamed, Julius Mnyampwani, Gilbert Chikolo, Rehema Njiku, Msafiri Athumani, John Joseph, Daniel Hoya, Hamisi Muhenga, Daud Elisha, Hassani Haruna and Mlewa Shabani.
However, Bangayega and Kitopeni village chairmen Shabani Ramadhani and Musa Labani, respectively did not appear at the meeting due to fear that villagers could move a motion to sack them over failure to follow up on a serious matter.
A villager identified as John Joseph expressed his dissatisfaction over poor performance of the leaders. “It is very sad that our village leaders have not been informing us what is going on," he explained.
For his part, Inyasi Mwendi claimed that even though he was given 500,000/- in compensation for his farm, he got no compensation for his the trees.