Majaliwa warns land ‘hoarders’ to start developing their plots or else

22Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Majaliwa warns land ‘hoarders’ to start developing their plots or else

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has given government and private institutions and agencies 10 months to start seriously developing their plots of land which have so far remained untouched in Coast Region,

Kassim Majaliwa

threatening to reclaim the plots and offer them to others interested parties if they don’t comply.

The premier also directed Coast regional commissioner Evarist Ndikilo to issue a two-week ultimatum for the institutions and agencies to submit detailed reports on how they intend to go about utilising the plots.

He gave the order yesterday afternoon in Kibaha, Coast Region when launching a five-year strategic development plan for the High Court of Tanzania and a special improvement project for the court in Kibaha.

The PM’s directive come after he received complaints from the RC that there are a good number of huge plots of land owned by government and private institutions in the region that have remained undeveloped for over three years. According to Ndiliko, the plots were allocated for construction of office blocks.

“(This is despite the fact that) we still have so many people in need of land in our region”, he said.

Among government institutions with undeveloped plots in the region is the Treasury which owns two plots, one of which has been partially developed, officials said.

Other institutions are the Open University of Tanzania, Njuweni Institute, Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited, Tanzania Revenue Authority, and SF Group.The list also includes CRDB Bank and the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).

According to the prime minister, all institutions on the list should come up with plans to secure funds for development of their proposed projects for the plots in the next financial year.

He said once the plots have been reclaimed and allocated to other interested parties who are ready to develop them, the institutions that lost the plots will have to apply for new plots once they are ready to implement their projects.

Majaliwa noted that since Dar es Salaam is almost full, many of its residents are turning to Kibaha District as the right place to build their commercial and residential houses.

As such, there is a need for the district authorities to conduct proper surveys of the land in the district as requests for purchase keep increasing, he said.

Also, since the government has invited more local and foreign investments in Dar es Salaam and Coast regions, it is crucial for authorities to consider reserving some land for such investments as they come long, he added.

Earlier, RC Ndikilo said land has been made available for the construction of district courts in Kibaha, Bagamoyo and Mkuranga, while plans are also underway to issue land for the construction of similar courts in Kisarawe, Kibiti, and Mafia.

Back in June, Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development minister William Lukuvi said the government would start to identify undeveloped farms or land plots larger than 20 hectares (50 acres), revoke the title deeds of the owners, and redistribute the land to others in need.

According to Lukuvi, the government aims to discourage so-called investors who buy and hold onto land solely for its speculative value, instead of developing it as an asset.