Verify abandoned farms for title deeds revocation - govt

10Jun 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Verify abandoned farms for title deeds revocation - govt

LANDS, Housing and Human Settlements Development minister William Lukuvi has ordered the verification of 86 undeveloped farms in Mvomero District so that recommendations for title deeds revocation should be submitted to the president for those which are undeveloped.

He gave the directives on Tuesday this week when speaking at different times, to ward leaders and officials in Mvomero District during his two-day visit in Morogoro Region.

He said in Mvomero District there were 85 farms whose development was doubtful hence it would be better to conduct verification.

"I will be pleased if in the period of two months – June and July this year – verification exercise should be conducted in order to reduce land conflicts pitting owners thereof and the residents in order to take appropriate steps,” he said.

He added: “The problem with Mvomero District is that the land was taken up and their owners stay with title deeds without paying land rent or even developing the land, hence verification exercise is the right thing to do.”

For his part, Mvomero Member of Parliament Jonas Van-zeland said the district is home to numerous land conflicts including the issue of abandoning the farms, the situation, he said, has hindered residents to engage in economic and other social activities, and added that many land owners are even not known by the residents.  

During his visit, Lukuvi said Mvomero District has many land conflicts including those involving village and district boundaries, and added that the responsibility to solve them are vested on district and regional officials.

Meanwhile, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has continued to hand over farms to the residents of Morogoro Region, this time she has revoked title deeds of nine farms of 13,900.5 acres in Mvomero District, which she said should be given to those in need.

The Lands minister said out of the farms whose ownership has been revoked, 9,700 acres are to be given to the people, while 4,100 acres should be earmarked for investment purposes, and stressed that those given land are not supposed to sell it to anyone else.

Morogoro Regional Commissioner Martine Shigela thanked the lands minister for the great job  well done in the last five years in the lands sector, especially for land conflict resolution, which he said targets to benefit the majority.

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