DC puts up camp in villages to solve land conflict

12Feb 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
DC puts up camp in villages to solve land conflict

KALAMBO District Commissioner, Willman Ndile has decided to conduct his duties in villages for a fortnight in a bid to resolve the ongoing conflict between farmers and pastoralists.

William Ndile

Ndile said that the move is meant to prevent the simmering conflict between the two groups. He said that in recent years there has been an influx of pastoralists in the district from different parts of the country looking for pastures.

“Naturally, farmers were not amused by what they deemed as an invasion of their farmland by livestock keepers,” he said.

Ndile also said that there are allegations that local government leaders are being bribed by some of the pastoralists moving into the farmers’ villages.

“The problem here is that villagers are not involved in whatever agreement that might have been reached between the pastoralists and local leaders, this is perhaps the main source of the conflict,” the DC said, citing lack of proper land use management as a major challenge.

“This is a serious challenge as livestock graze in the villagers’ farms and destroy their crops,” he noted, adding: “As a result I have decided to take quick action and dissolve the situation before it becomes catastrophic.”

“So I will be camping and working from the affected villages where I can talk to farmers and pastoralists and work to find a lasting solution,” he added.

According to him, most conflicts arise out of misunderstanding on both sides of land regulations and rules that protect both agricultural land and pastures for grazing livestock.

“I am aware that it’s difficult to bring an end a conflict once it has began, that’s why I have decided to spend two weeks in this area to resolve the conflict while in its early stages,” DC Ndile said.

Recently Kisesya villagers in the district complained before the Rukwa Regional Commissioner, Said Magalula that they wanted government intervention to resolve the ongoing conflict between the two sides.

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