Lukuvi warns govt officials involved in land grabbing

03Jul 2020
The Guardian
Lukuvi warns govt officials involved in land grabbing

MINISTER for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development William Lukuvi has registered his displeasure over the habit among some government officials of grabbing people’s land saying the solution to the problem had been found.

According to him, such habits will no longer continue following the transfer of land officials from the parent ministry and the establishment of regional land offices.

The minister was speaking during the opening of Katavi Regional land office in Mpanda Region on Wednesday as part of the exercise to open land offices in various regions in the country.

He said there are regional and district officials who are part to many land disputes as they use their positions to grab and sell people’s lands. He said the habit infuriates President John Magufuli.

Lukuvi said the establishment of regional land offices and transferring land officers from the Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (RALG) to the Ministry of Lands was meant to strengthen officers in land sector to stand by the laws and caution government official against involving themselves in land grabbing.

On the issue of land survey in Katavi Region Lukuvi directed that by the end of this year all villages in the region should be surveyed and owners thereof given customary land title deeds, as well as the 15,000 who are yet to receive the title deeds due to bureaucracy.

The minister issued the directive after he was briefed by the Katavi Region Assistant Commissioner for Lands Siyabumi Mwaipopo that out of 172 villages in the region only three have been surveyed and owners thereof given land customary title deeds.

“This year should mark the end of land conflicts in the country because all resolution machineries are available, including surveying equipment, and I call upon regional and district officials not to be part of these conflicts,” Lukuvi added.

After thanking the minister for establishing land office in Katavi Region, Regional Commissioner, Juma Homera called upon the people in the region to use the regional land office to have their land plots surveyed and added that he will start a special operation in the whole region for that exercise.

The inauguration of Katavi Regional Land Office went in tandem with the handing over of various items including survey equipment valued at 150m/- to Mpanda District Council aimed to simplify operations in the council’s land sector.

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