Lukuvi orders arrest of 5 people reported to land grabbing deals

22Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Lukuvi orders arrest of 5 people reported to land grabbing deals

MINISTER for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development William Lukuvi has directed the arrest of five people over alleged involvement in land grabbing and selling deals in Bagamoyo district in the Coast region.

Minister Lukuvi made the directives during a rally to hear land grievances from residents in the district at Mapinga area.

During the meeting residents expressed their concerns that they have been conned by five people who have been deceiving people including the district secretary for the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

The suspects are Omary Shabani who is CCM ideology secretary for Mapinga ward, Ramadhan Rashid, Marwa Muhoni, William Urio and Mwanahamis Habibu.

Lukuvi ordered the district police commander to put the suspects under arrest and question them on the reality of the allegations.

“There are a lot of people who are doing such deals deceiving people, bad enough even party local leaders are also involved,” he said.

Lukuvi directed the district police boss to interrogate the suspects and that if any wrongdoings are found then legal actions should be taken.

Apart from being mentioned by the residents, the suspects were also mentioned by the ward councilor for the area which tops in land conflicts.

The minister mentioned Mapinga as one of the areas that are leading in land conflicts saying the trend has been a cause of mistrust between residents and government leaders.

“I have a list of 50 people who have been involved in selling land in Bagamoyo district including local leaders,” he said.

He took the opportunity to warn the local leaders to stop using party stamps to double land saying legal actions will be taken.

In another development, the minister called upon the residents to stop invading plots that are owned by the government.

Coast Regional Commissioner Abubakar Kunenge promised to work on the directives by the minister.

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