Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Steven Kebwe gave the directive yesterday when opening a one-day workshop on ‘Land use and Planning.’
The event attracted ward councilors, directors and other officials within the two councils and the general consensus was that land survey will reduce ongoing land disputes.
The RC said it is right time to utilize modern technology to speed up land survey citing accuracy of the technology and urgency of the need; “when the exercise is completed, it will reduce land disputes in both districts,” he said.
As to the matter of funds to procure the equipments the RCF said; “Morogoro has a considerable number of untapped resources. Therefore, I order all council directors to utilize all untapped resources including property tax and other taxes to mobilize funds to procure the equipments.”
“Use and establish by laws to collect more revenues,’ he advised them.
‘There are number of considerable untapped resources within the districts councils, use this to increase revenue collection,” he urged but with that said, he admitted that the disorganization of resources contributes to land dispute in the region.
“The councils lose a lot of revenue that could have been collected if the land had been plotted,’ he added.
Further, he said use of modern technology will increase transparency in the land issues; ‘unless there is transparency and good land policies, land disputes will continue in the district,” he warned.
Kebwe summed up with emphasis that land use planning is the only solution to end land disputes between farmers and herders.
On his part, the land Tenure Supporting Program Manager Swagile Msonanga said issuance of village land customary certificates will follow the survey exercise.
He said the project also focuses on review of policy and laws related to land ownership; “the land tenure supporting programme was launched in Dar es salaam earlier in February this year and its main focus is to increase transparency in land issues,” he said.
According to him, the project will first deal with land use at district level and later on move down to the village level. He said the programme will last three years and is supported by Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
Mlimba Ward Councilor, Farida Madenyu said the programmme will to a great extent, reduce land disputes in the district. She said the villagers will now be able to own land and use it as collateral when seeking loans from financial institutions.