Morogoro. The minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlements, Mr William Lukuvi, has directed that all the staff of the land sector in Morogoro Region to be transferred and likewise an eastern zonal land office be established in the region.
The decision comes following widespread land disputes in the region, despites various efforts being made by the government to end the problem.
Lukuvi issued the directive Friday on May 17, 2019 when he was addressing residents of Sokoine in Dakawa Ward, Mvomero District.
The minister was in his tour of addressing land disputes in Kilosa and Mvomero districts, Morogoro Region.
Lukuvi explained that after he had visited Kilosa District he learned that the executives of the land sector were lax in executing their duties.
Due to that, he said the only way that he saw was to transfer all the staff of the sector to other places, explaining that the aim was to get fresh replacement of executives.
"Many trials to end land disputes have been made in Morogoro Region such as planning and surveying every piece of land, issuing traditional title deeds and President John Magufuli’s decision of revoking ownerships of undeveloped farm, but things in the land sector do not go well as expected," said Lukuvi
He said since the region, for long, continued to be mired with land disputes, he had decided to turn the eastern zone into a special zone that would have all experts in the land sector including an assistant commissioner for land zone, surveyor, evaluators and town planning experts.
According to Mr Lukuvi, currently his ministry has eight land zones and that the setup of the new zone will make residents of the region to have no reason of taking trouble to travel to Dodoma Region for land issues.
He said the establishment of the special zonal land office would make Morogoro be the only region in Tanzania with that office, which is expected to start operations in July, 2019.