By Azania Post Reporter
ZANZIBAR government has emphasized that all the Isles land belongs to the state warning people who claim to own it and start selling.
This was said yesterday by the President of Revolutionary government of Zanzibar Dr Ali Mohamed Shein soon after laying a foundation stone for construction of satellite town at Nyamanzi area in Mjini Magharibi region.
The event was part of celebrations to mark 54 years since revolution in Zanzibar took place.
He said according to the law, the President of Zanzibar will is the custodian of land for the benefits of local citizen and he appoints a minister who will oversee it and make sure that people are given certificate of use not own.
Explaining, Dr Shein said the government has responsibility to change land use for various purposes and when it want to develop the area, it should make sure that inhabitants are compensated before doing anything.
He said construction of modern towns and houses was recommendable since many people were living in poor dwellings before revolution took place in January 12 ,1964.
After revolution, he said the government decided to improve the house and construct new ones which were given to residents.Some of people who were given those modern houses are located in Michenzani, Kikwajuni and Kilimani in Zanzibar. He said such houses were also built in Pemba Island in Wete, Machomane, Madungu Chake Chake, Micheweni, Kengeja and Mkoani.
I another development, a total of 74 people, some of whom are dead were yesterday awarded with medals by President Shein as par section 4 of 1993 Presidential Affairs Law.
Among these, 43 were awarded the ‘Mapinduzi medal’- an award given to people who contributed towards political development of Zanzibar either through the revolution struggle or otherwise, and 31 will receive ‘exemplary civilian service medals’ for their outstanding service to the country.
The planned medal event was also part of this year’s activities by the government to mark the revolution. The people who received the awards include politicians, civil servants (and soldiers), sports persons, and artistes.
Prior to the climax today, national leaders including union Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, graced different events to mark the Revolution Day, annually observed on January 12, as a national holiday in the country.