The minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development William Lukuvi said this at the weekend when inaugurating the Mara regional Lands office, the 12th opened so far.
All those with land occupancy rights with approved, surveyed plots but whose title deeds reflect 33-year occupancy rights, should have the deeds amended to 99 year lease, he said.
More than 50,000 land owners in Mara Region have not followed up to collect their title deeds, which are basically of 33 years entitlement, the minister noted, urging them to seek the titles and have them altered to reflect 99 years. The change will make it possible for banks to issue bigger loans to beneficiaries, he said.
Noting that Mara Region is host to numerous land conflicts, he said the new land office will help to solve such conflicts instead of their being sent to the ministry.
In the past the ministry used to handle land occupancy conflicts, but with vast distances to make spot inspections of claims, regional land offices were being established as a solution to the logistic handicap, he stated.
Mara Regional Commissioner Adam Malima said his office receives varied complaints, with half of around 12 complaints received each day arising from land disputes.
A Musoma resident who received a title deed for her land, Ms Mara Sophia Lugera showed her pleasure for bringing land services closer to the people with the regional office. The resident was expecting to obtain a bank loan to strengthen her business.
The minister inspected the construction of Mara Regional Referral Hospital in Kwangwa area in Musoma urban centre, named after founding president Mwalimu Nyerere.
He directed that the hospital’s maternal wing be completed by the end of July to enable the hospital start providing the service to residents of Mara and neighbouring regions.
He said the project had taken too long to complete and wanted to see part of it completed by July 31st, insisting that on August 1 deputy minister Dr Angeline Mabula will visit the project to see whether his instructions have been carried out.
The project’s supervising engineer Renald Kazyoba said the hospital maternal wing (Wing C) will be completed as directed as much work had already been done.