TFS Director for Forest Resources Zawadi Mbwambo officially handed over the area to the wananchi after completion of the process to remove it from TFS jurisdiction.
“From today I hand over the 12 acre area of the forest to the wananchi to use it in their development activities, but before they start using it we have decided to harvest all trees therein so that it remains free for wananchi’s use,” he said.
He said the decision to offer them the land comes from the existing good relationship between Kiwira Forest farm, the wananchi and Mbeya District Council authorities.
Speaking at the event, Mwazazi Village chairman Anderson Mussa said the area will be beneficial to the wananchi for their own development.
He said the area will be planned on how it will be used including the construction of a bus stop, police station, primary court and a health centre, the offices they could not build due to shortage of land area.
Many residents thanked TFS for the decision to allocate the land because the forested area contributed to criminal activities as unruly youths used it to smoke bhang, banditry and even rape.
For his part Kiwira Forest Farm chief conservator Lucas Sabida said the allocation of the land to the wananchi is a result of good relationship that existed between the forest farm officials and the wananchi.