Land plan to take off after end of dispute in three Moro villages

13Jan 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Land plan to take off after end of dispute in three Moro villages

THE Authorities in three villages of Signali, Sululu and Sekamaganga in Signali ward, Kilombero district, in Morogoro region have at last ended their longstanding land demarcation dispute which had denied them them the opportunity to participate in land mapping and formalisation pilot project

Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Permanent Secretary Doroth Mwanyika

under the Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP).

The three districts of Kilombero, Malinyi and Ulanga have been selected to implement the land mapping and formalisation pilot project in Morogoro region.

The aim of the pilot project is to ensure good land use plan for the residents in order to reduce or end disputes between farmers and pastoralists.

Reading a report before Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development Permanent Secretary Doroth Mwanyika who is touring the region, Kilombero District Commissioner James Ihunyo said at a public rally held at Sekamaganga village that the land dispute had been resolved after having five separate meetings held by villagers from the three villages.

He said following the conflict, a team of experts from the mapping and formalisation project had failed to continue with the project in the said villages.

“I am pleased to announce to the public and before you that the longstanding border demarcation dispute involving the three villages has ended and now the mapping and formalisation exercise can proceed,” said Ihunyo.

Ihunyo said his office was in the process of ending another dispute involving 60 acres between private investors and Sekamagamba village.

He said already a team of legal experts in collaboration with municipal land officers had been deployed.

In another development, the DC has assured villagers living along the Kidatu-Ifakara road that no person would have their house demolished before being compensated.

“This is a transparent exercise. Experts from the Tanzania Roads Agency in collaboration with owners of the land are assessing the areas in order to pave way for the construction of a tarmac road,” said Ihunya.

Addressing the gathering, PS Mwanyika called on the residents make use of the LTSP project to bring development to their area.

She said land disputes were a  major hindrance to development in many parts of the country because a lot of time was used in resolving them.

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