DODOMA residents in Tanzania are wishing to transact business involving land or pay property taxes will now have to wait until the municipal council properly assumes the duties of the dissolved Capital Development Authority (CDA), the municipal director Godwin Kunambi has clarified.
Since President Magufuli signed the order formally disbanding CDA on Monday, the authority’s offices in the new capital have been thronged by hundreds of people seeking to know the fate of properties they had just purchased or were in the process of buying, only to find the doors closed.
Kunambi told The Guardian here yesterday that anyone with an interest in transacting any property-related business will have to be patient as the official hand-over of CDA responsibilities to the municipal council has not yet been done.
Magufuli’s special presidential order effectively ended CDA’s existence and passed over its mandate to the Dodoma municipal council. According to a State House press statement, the move was aimed at bringing an end to a clash of responsibilities between the two authorities.
“Under current circumstances, there is no justification for CDA’s (continued) existence,” the statement said.
According to Kunambi, the council is alert about unscrupulous conmen who could take advantage of such situations to dupe people, warning that anyone who tries to do this will face legal action.
“Be warned of conmen who purport to offer land-related business services at this time. The public just needs to be patient ... we shall let everyone know once the hand-over is done, but as of now just wait for official communication from us,” the municipal director said.
“We have placed a notice on the premises of CDA warning the public against any land dealing, be it ownership transfer or payment of taxes,” he added.
CDA was founded in October 1973 on the back of the initial government decision to shift the national capital from Dar es Salaam to the more centrally located Dodoma.
The authority’s main stated functions were to implement the capital transfer decision and oversee the development of Dodoma into a municipality suitable to become the nation’s new capital.
President Magufuli also dissolved CDA’s board of directors, with director general Paskasi Muragili to be assigned other duties and all other employees to be absorbed by the municipal council and other government bodies.
The presidential order furthermore revoked the 33-year land lease limit set by CDA for land in and around Dodoma to the 99-year standard applicable in the rest of the country.