Monday, May 21, 2018

Parliament asks government to stop land demarcation along areas bordering villages and reserves


By Alawi Masare @AMasare

Dodoma. The Parliamentary Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism wants the government to immediately suspend marking of reserved land areas to reduce conflicts with the surrounding communities.

Erecting of beacons has been disputed by several communities who have come under attack for resisting displacement.

“The committee thinks that the use of force without consultation with the residents is the main source of conflicts. Unfortunately, some beacons are placed in schools and residential houses,” said the committee chairman Mr Nape Nnauye.

The committee proposal was supported by Mr Joshua Nassari (Arumeru East-Chadema) who said the government was harassing people in their own land.

“In this country, farmers, pastoralists, fishermen, traders and all others are complaining and crying…whom then are we serving?” asked Mr Nassari.

Ms Grace Kihwelu (Special Seats-Chadema) said the putting of beacons was an injustice to the local residents.

“We cannot end landd conflicts by using force,” she said.