According to her, authorities in the district had so far prepared 58,000 land use diagrams, surveyed a total of 52,000 land plots and issuance of 1,508 title deeds. She expressed satisfaction with the land formalisation process which will also help to reduce disputes.
The deputy minister reminded private firms doing land surveying to make sure they complete formalisation of the remaining areas as per directives issued by Land Minister, William Lukuvi. She insisted the government would want to see all the areas within the district are surveyed with property owners given title deeds.
Mwanza city planning officer, Deogratias Kalemenze said previously in the 1990s people who constructed houses on un-surveyed plots were required to demolish them, but now the government has simplified the process whereas owners pay a small sum to facilitate formalisation of the areas as well as processing documents.
“We now formalise all the areas including residential premises which were previously not surveyed”, said Kelemenze.
Acting district executive director who is also the district land officer, Shukran Kyando informed the deputy minister that they are progressing well with the land formalisation process despite some challenges including lack of enough payments from the residents.
He said they already announced a grace period of 30 days for the residents to complete payments for surveying and formalisation processes.
One of the residents, Veronica Byengo from Ghana Street thanked the government for issuing them with title deeds insisting formalisation of land will reduce disputes. She said the title deeds will also help them to access loans from banks and financial institutions.
Last year, the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, William Lukuvi announced to cut down expenses of surveying and formalisation of land from the current 250,000/- to 150,000/-.
According to him, the move came following a number of complaints from people claiming that the charges were too high thus making most of them leave their land informal for years.
He was also concerned that over 70 per cent of land owners in the country are not recognised by the government and state was losing lot of incomes.
Lukuvi called on all land owners whose lands were yet to be formalised to utilize the opportunity so as to live comfortably and happily.