Thousands to be compensated as Chamwino State House expansion project

14Sep 2018
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Thousands to be compensated as Chamwino State House expansion project

MORE than 3,000 residents of Chamwino District in Dodoma Region are set to be moved away to make room for the expansion of the State House lodge in the capital city, with compensation packages totaling 7 billion/- set aside for them.

The 3,491 earmarked residents owned 8,473 hectares of land that has been taken over by the government for the expansion project. Three whole villages - Chamwino, Buigiri and Msanga - have been thus affected.

The compensation exercise began this week after a thorough scrutiny of each listed beneficiary, according to Tanzania Building Agency (TBA) director of real estate Baltazar Kimangano, adding that the plan is to hasten the process.

He said after the latest evaluation by a special panel comprising land officers, valuers, and planners among others, a total of 2,719 people have been cleared to receive compensation.

A total of 5.5bn/- will be paid to this first batch of approved beneficiaries, Kimangano explained.

He said the compensation exercise was initially marred by a number of snags which he said have since been resolved.

Since President Magufuli first announced that the government was to start relocating to Dodoma a couple of years ago, much renovation and expansion activities have taken place.

One of the major renovation works is in progress at the capital’s airport, including both the  arrival and departure lounges, under a contract for the works to be undertaken by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) at a cost of  625 million/-.

Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) director general Richard Mayongela said the upgrading of the facilities has been necessitated by the growing number of passengers following the government shift to Dodoma.

According to Mayongela, the work is scheduled to take three months and upon completion, will enable the airport terminal to accommodate more than 100 passengers from the current 35. 

The deputy minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Eng Atashasta Nditiye, said expansion of the airport terminal is inevitable in this context.

The airport runway is also set to be increased in length.  Mayongela said compensation packages have also been prepared for households which will have to be relocated as a result.

According to the TAA boss, a total of 2.1 billion/- has been set aside for the purpose, and the payouts began on Tuesday this week.

President Magufuli has said the entire Tanzanian government will have moved to Dodoma by 2019.

Already with 316 dispensaries, 41 health centres, eight hospitals, 40 hotels, and a population of about two million, Dodoma is also expected to host 57 embassies and 30 consulates.

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