Deputy Minister for Lands Housing and Human Settlements Development, Dr Angelina Mabula said the court case which the Indian investors filed against NDC challenging payment of rent arrears will soon come to an end.
“Let them imagine that they are staying free because the matter is in court but they should be prepared to pay the backlog plus other charges as the court will determine,” said Dr Mabula who has successfully championed a campaign to collect land rent from defaulters dating back several decades.
She said the government respect and understands separation of state powers hence willing to remain calm for as long as the judiciary has not yet given its final verdict. “How long it will take, nobody knows but we cannot intervene with the judiciary,” Dr Mabula added.
According to NDC’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Abel Ngapembwa the rent backlog had reached over 3bn/- by end last year after following almost a decade of free occupation of the Mbezi Beach premise by IMTU since 2012.
“It’s frustrating but we have nothing to do other than wait for the court’s final verdict,” said Ngapembwa who acknowledged that IMTU’s prolonged court case is a deliberate action to delay payment.
In February 2018, High Court's Land Division Judge, Moses Mzuna ordered IMTU and Registered Trustees of Vignan Educational Foundation Bangalore to pay over 2.6bn/- as rental fees of the NDC premises from where they are currently operating.
Justice Mzuna said in his ruling, "We appreciate, much as IMTU had conferred degrees to many Tanzania's doctors who graduated from the university. However, upon being fully fledged, the plaintiff must pay rent so that even the government can benefit from collected tuition fees," Justice Mzuna ruled in his judgment dated February 27, 2018.
IMTU argued that they did not recognise NDC as their landlord after Saruji’s collapse although the then Parastatal Sector Reforms Commission transferred Saruji’s property to NDC. Vignan also argued that it signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to be given free premises to operate from during the initial stage of the investment in late 1990s.