By Patrick Kisembo
Authorities in three villages of Signali, Sululu and Sekamaganga in Signali ward, Kilombero district have at last ended their long standing land demarcation dispute which had ignored them to opportunity to participate in the land mapping and formalisation pilot project under the Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP).
The three districts of Kilombero, Malinyi and Ulanga have been selected to implement the land mapping and formalisation pilot project in Morogoro region.
The aim of the pilot project is to ensure good land use plan for the residents in order to reduce or end farmers-herdsmen disputes.
Reading a report before the Land, Housing and Human Settlement Permanent Secretary, Doroth Mwanyika who is touring the region, the Kilombero district Commissioner, James Ihunyo said at Sekamaganga village assembly that land dispute had been resolved after having five separate meetings held by villagers from the three villages.
He said following the conflict, a team of experts from mapping and formalisation project failed to continue with their project in the said villages.
“I am pleased to announce to the public and before you that the long standing land –border demarcation dispute involving the three villages had ended and now the mapping and formalisation exercise can proceed,” said Ihunyo.
Ihunyo said his office was in a process of ending another dispute involving a 60acres between private investors and Sekamagamba village.
He said already a team of legal experts in collaboration with municipal land officers had been deployed.
In another development, the DC has assured villagers living along Kidatu-Ifakara road that no person whose house will be demolished before being compensated.
“This is a transparent exercise. Experts from the Tanzania Roads Agency in collaboration with owners of the land are assessing the areas in order to pave way for the construction of a tarmac road,” said Ihunya.
Addressing the gathering, the PS Mwanyika called on residents make use of the LTSP project to bring about their own development.
She said land disputes are the major hindrance of development in many parts of the country because of using more time in resolving the problems.