Allocate funds to run village, ward land boards - Dr Mabula

28Jan 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Allocate funds to run village, ward land boards - Dr Mabula

DEPUTY Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development has called upon local council in the country to allocate funds from their budgets to run villages and ward lands boards as well as to ensure even levies charged by these boards so that they work successfully.

Dr Mabula issued the call at the weekend while in Ileje and Mbozi districts when speaking to officials and executives of the lands sector during her inspection tour of various projects undertaken by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) in Songwe region.

She said council directors have not been setting aside funds for lands boards for villages and wards, lack of which make their members do what they liked including charging different levies.

According to her village and ward land boards are supposed to be administered by council directors after giving them funds to maintain offices registries and to know what was going on to avoid injustices when people refer their cases to them.

Earlier, the urban planning officer for Ileje District Council Dismas Ndinda told Dr Mabula that the council, despite having the said land boards for 71 the wards and villages, it has no land board for the district denying the wananchi quick justice for their land conflicts as they have to travel up to Mbeya for the service.

Meanwhile, the Lands deputy minister inspected the ongoing construction work for the office and quarter for the manager of Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS) undertaken by NHC inside Iyondo Msimwa tree farm in Ileje District.

She said she was satisfied by the work progress as the after completion the office will assist in following up of the forest’s activities. She also said the project has created short time employment for residents in the area.

NHC acting  manager for Mbeya region Pauline Kamaghe said the project, which is 38 per cent complete is expected to cost 426.8m/- and is planned for completion in April this year.

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