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District Council blamed for ongoing land disputes

20th February 2013
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Land stakeholders have blamed Kilosa District Council for land disputes which have led to shedding of blood in Kilangali, Malolo, Mikumi and Ruhembe wards.

They were speaking during a five-day training on Act No. 5 of Village Land of 1999 for members of land committees from 14 village, organised by the Green Belt Schools Foundation.
 
The training supported by The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), is aimed at capacity building so as to sort out land and boundary disputes in a friendly manner. 
 
A Green Belt Schools’ officer, Abdallah Mbegani (65) said the district authority has been causing the disputes which involve farmers, pastoralists, and investors.
“To a great extent, the district authorities are responsible for such quarrels...they have clearly failed to explain the boundaries,” he said.
 
Mbegani said that the delay in sorting out differences sometimes leads to bloodshed.
He cited Mikumi Township, bordering Mikumi National Park, saying it is now in a boundary dispute and that four people have already lost their lives, while the district authorities remain silent.
 
“Since 1974, boundaries were established to separate the National Park from residential areas…authorities at the National Park have been pushing the boundaries towards people's residences and this has often been the source of fights,” said Mbegani.
 
For his part, the Maasai herder Fati Dele, who is the chairperson of Kiduhi Herders' Village in Kilangali Ward complained on the boundary dispute between Mbamba and Kiduhi, saying it is an old dispute and that efforts to get help from the District Executive Director (DED) and the District Commissioner (DC) have failed yet the dispute keeps threatening the prevailing peace in the area.
 
He lamented against game wardens for fining them 10,000/- per cow when they are caught grazing in the Park area whilst the boundaries show that they are grazing in the village premises.
 
He requested the government, through the regional defense and security committee to look for a lasting solution to the matter. 
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN