PM orders DC settle land disputes in Saadani

02Apr 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
PM orders DC settle land disputes in Saadani

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has instructed Bagamoyo District Commissioner (DC) Majid Mwanga to collaborate with the leadership of the villages surrounding Saadani National Park,

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

In search for a solution to the long standing land disputes in the area, ahead of a visit by his appointed team to identify and reset official boundaries.

Majaliwa ordered the DC yesterday while speaking to Saadani and Matipwili residents in the Coast Region on a tour to inspect infrastructure in Tanzania’s 13th national park with an area of 1062 square kilometers.

“Our land officers will use the Global Positioning System (GPS) device to identify the right boundaries that were set by the government,” Majaliwa said, citing reports in his dossier about the people who had sold land plots belonging to the park to individuals in nearby Dar es Salaam.

He ordered the relevant authorities to take the culprits to task through initiating immediate legal actions against them.

He urged the villagers to respect the boundaries as stipulated in maps available at the RC office.
The Premier’s impromptu visit was driven by his desire to find out the reason why the park was low profiled in the world of tourism despite its convenient location close to Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, an entry point to most foreign tourists.

“It looks strange that such a tourist attraction which is very close to Dar es Salaam, has been left without regard,” Majaliwa said.