She said the department has a shortage of 1,411 employees nationwide, saying it is the reason behind the slow pace of land formalisation process currently going on in the country.
The deputy minister was responding to a question by Tunduru North MP,Ramo Makani (CCM) who had wondered when the government would post land officers in Tunduru district council .
He also asked when the government would relocate about 2000 hectares of land to residents of the district council, claiming that land was wrongly taken from them.
“In addition to increasing the number of land officers, when shall the government return the land to people of Nambarapi village among others in Tunduru district?" he asked.
In response, the deputy minister noted that the demand for land officers is currently 2,957 for different councils in the country, noting that the present number of workers is 1,546.
However, she explained that according to the 2016 workforce requirements, every district council is supposed to have three land officers, three planning officers and three valuation officers as well and four assistants .
Mabula said Tunduru district council has four employees in the land sector who are two planning officers, land valuers and land officers and assistant land officer.
" The government continues to set a side budget to employ more land officials every year in efforts to meet the required standards”, she said, adding that the ministry will post them, depending on funding from the central government.
On the lands to be relocated to people, the deputy minister noted that the conflict started in 2003, a situation that led to the case number 03/2016 lodged at the Tunduru Land Commisssion .
She said the case was between TAMCU Limited against some four residents, namely Hassan Mussa Ismail, Ismail Mussa Ismail, Sophia Mussa Isnail and Said Ndekelo whereby the cooperative society won the case.