Cooperative societies apex body seeking to repossess national property

28May 2021
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Cooperative societies apex body seeking to repossess national property

AS the country’s market economy maintains sustained growth, Tanzania Federation of Co-operatives is gathering documentary evidence to pressure the state give back its properties which was nationalised in early 1980s.

Ushirika Tower in Dar es Salaam which is the headquarters of Tanzania Federation of Cooperatives.

Talking to journalists earlier this week in Dar es Salaam about this year’s Co-operative Day celebration to be held at national level in Tabora Region on July 3, TFC Executive Secretary, Florian Haule said that the government has shown interest in listening to them concerning the privatised property in order to bring a win-win situation in resolving matter.

Haule said TFC property such as buildings and warehouses worth billions of shillings were nationalized for the first time in 1972 when Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was president. Mwl. Nyerere further nationalised land that the body owned legally during the second wave in 1984.

“We have opted to start collecting evidence and details about a few properties in Kilimanjaro Region which include the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) at Lyamungo in Hai District, Lyamungo Secondary School and Moshi Co-operative University,”

Haule said saying that they need to repossess the property so that TFC can earn an income through leasing them.

According to him, the Prime Minister’s Office had during the last year’s Co-operative Day welcomed TFC to present a reasonable list of the property that the state will be willing to sit down with the coops apex body to find an amicable solution.

“We have invited the Prime Minister to be the guest of honour at this year’s Co-operative Day celebrations. In that perspective, we are looking forward to delivering progress made so far in achieving this ambition,” he affirmed.

The TFC chief executive said union members are eager to get back their property because they invested billions of shillings to acquire or erect them.

“Our members will be more than happy to see property in which they is returned to TFC by the current government,” he noted.

Currently, there are 8,040 primary co-operative unions with 1,432, 978 individual members and 57,483 institutional groups.

The TFC which currently owns the multi-storey office complex called Ushirika Tower in Dar es Salaam, is a federation of primary cooperative unions which were grouped under regional apex bodies which represented the country’s farming community.

In Tanzania the celebration marks its 20th anniversary having taken place for the first time in 2001 while globally, this is the 27th anniversary because since 1994, International Co-operation Alliance has been organising the event annually.

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