Registered land occupants now over 2m

22Nov 2021
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Registered land occupants now over 2m

​​​​​​​TANZANIA has recorded notable achievements in land planning, surveying and ownership enabling citizens to have better human settlement, increase the number of formalized land occupants from 26,499 in 1961 to 2,067,044 registered at present.

Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlements Development, William Lukuvi.

This was revealed here yesterday by the Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlements Development, William Lukuvi while briefing journalists on successes attained by the sector as the nation marks 60 years of independence.

The minister said about 112,787 licences for human settlement have so far been provided to people living in unplanned urban areas, with some people using the documents as collateral for seeking loans for different economic activities.

“The government has contributed immensely in economic empowerment as Tanzanians who had already registered their assets including land are now able to acquire loans by issuing title deeds,” he stated

The ministry had put up procedures for solving land disputes by bringing land services countrywide closer to the people, he said.

During the past 10 years the government collected 735.8bn/- from the land sector, with revenue from the sector increasing from 1.4bn/- in 1996/97 to about 121bn/- projected in the current financial year, the minister noted.

The ministry was currently implementing a project for planning, surveying and providing title deeds to land occupants in all regions, as last President Samia Suluhu Hassan has provided 50bn/- for the exercise.

On the housing sector, the minister said the government had supervised notable achievements where the National Housing Corporation (NHC) has now about 2,728 buildings providing 18,622 rentable units in various urban centres, on 2,561 land plots.

“These resources make NHC attain capital base of five trillion shillings, with residential houses constituting 59 percent of these holdings. Business houses constitute 41percent,” he said, elaborating that 59.3 percent of the housing units are located in the city of Dar es Salaam.

A total of 18,708 houses bring in around 8bn/- in revenue per month, he stated. NHC continues to build houses for sale, renting and business premises in most regions, while in Dodoma Region the corporation is building 1,000 houses, he added.