DC assures villagers on standoff over land

Friday August 22 2014

By Hamida Shariff , Citizen Correspondent

Morogoro. Mvomero District residents have been assured that their farms will not be confiscated by the government, allaying fears that had gripped the area after they saw strangers surveying their land.

Speaking to the residents of Wami Luhindo Village during a recent public rally, Mvomero District commissioner Antony Mataka said the meeting was aimed at clarifying on the land surveying activity that took place at the village.

On August 3, this year, the residents were caught with panic after seeing strangers surveying their pieces of land. Despite prohibiting them from conducting the survey, the residents were still anxious until recently when Mr Mtaka toured the area to make clarifications on the exercise.  Reports say upon arrival at the village, the surveyors did not officially introduce themselves to the local authorities. It is further alleged that they invaded farms, slashed crops and started surveying the land.

He said the exercise was legal and the official involved in the activity had been deployed by the ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development.

According to him, the aim of the exercise was to identify undeveloped land in order to revoke ownership and distribute it to other members of the public.  “It is true that some people were entrusted to own large tracts of land since 1980 but failed to develop it…we want to identify the farms and take them back to wananchi,” said Mr Mataka.

He urged the residents to support the surveyors, noting that after the completion of the exercise the farms will be allocated among them for farming and pastoral activities.