Land Commission introduces land use framework to solve land disputes

19Oct 2016
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Land Commission introduces land use framework to solve land disputes

THREE districts in Morogoro Region are amongst 169 districts in the country to benefit from the district land use framework handed over recently by the land use commission.

Land use commission Director Dr Steven Nindi (R) hands over the district land use framework to three districts council’s chairmen’s in Morogoro Region, witnessing (Centre) is Acting Commissioner for land Mary Makondo.

Namely -Malinyi, Ulanga and Kilombero which are now practicing the land use Tenure Supporting Programme (LTPS) as pilot project, are asked to utilize it to foster economic development.

LTPS is implemented under the sponsorship of United Kingdom (UK) through Department for International Development(DFID), Sweden through Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and Denmark through Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

Dr Steven Nindi, the land use commission director discloses that the districts framework has a number of advantages including fostering economic development andeliminate landdisputes.

The land use commission boss revealed that out of all regions, Morogoro in particular Mvomero District is leading in land disputes.

Dr Nindifurther explains that the framework aims to improve land use planning within the district including allocating land for industrial investment, religious institutions and for social activities.

“I call on people within their respective districts in MorogoroRegion to reconsider the opportunities and benefitswhich will be obtained if the framework is implemented,” he says.

Furthermore, the director describes that the framework will catalyse implementation of the development activities to reach the government goal of industrial economies by 2025.

He stresses that in order to achieve the government goal, there is need to make effective use of land which is still underutilised especially in rural areas as key resources in the economic sector.

Divulging, the director says that the framework will further identify places for investment hence provide different opportunities such as self- employment.

“The commission was entitled the duty of preparing land use framework. The guideline and criteria available in the framework can be used in distributing the land at regional, district and village levels,” he said.

Elaborating more, he describes that within village land the small-scale and large-scale investments will be identified adding that it will eliminate behaviour of some villager to enter by force in investors farms.

According to the director, the district land use framework will act as a catalyst to fast-track economic development in their respectively areas.

Commenting on the 2016/2017 financial budget, the Acting Commissioner in the Ministry of lands, Housing and Human Settlements MaryMakondorevealed that the government had set fund to implement surveying exercise.

Makondo further explained that through the budget it will survey and issue of Customary Certificate Right of Occupancy to 57,000 villages in the country (CCRO).

The acting boss clarifies that out of 57,000 villages 50,000 villages are in MorogoroRegion and the rest 7000 villages are in other regions.

She describes that in the first three years of its implementation, the project will survey 37 villages located within Ulanga, Kilombero and Malinyi districts as an example.

Explaining the reason behind, the acting commissioner reveals that it was due to the fact that Morogoro Region in particular Malinyi District was leading in land disputes causing deaths, injuries and loss of properties.

She explains that all the land will be surveyed especially in villages to provide opportunities to the society to reach middle-income economy.

“Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCRO) will help the villagers to use them as collateral when seeking for loans from financial institutions to alleviate from poverty,” she said

Makondo points out that apart from that the CCRO can be used as economic bond in the court or other related institutions.

According to the acting commissioner, the project was part of land use planning to make sustainable utilisation of resources for the next generation and solve land disputes.

Land Tenure Supporting Programme (LTSP) Project Coordinator Godfrey Machabe clarifies that the project aims at creating awareness and increase transparency in all matters related to land issues.

He explains that experiencehas shown thatareas where land has not been surveyed are leading in land disputes especially between the herders and farmers.

He says the project will be implemented in three years where 37 villages land borders will be surveyed and issuance of village land certificates will follow later when it is over.

According to the coordinator, the villagers will be issued with CCRO when the villagemaster plan is over.

Machebe described that villagers will be issued with CCRO to put them in a better place while seeking for loan in financial institutions in orderto fast-track the economic development.

“I call on the villagers in the three districts to utilise the opportunities available to foster economic development in their respective areas,” he said.

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