By Azania Post Reporter
LUSHOTO Member of Parliament Rashid Shangazi, has requested the Tanzanian government to revoke a title deed of sisal farm which was not developed for a number of years and give it to villagers for other activities.
Speaking during question and answer session in the House today, he said the 1,275 hectars farm which is owned by Le Mash Enterprises remained idle for a number of years.
“I ask the government to revoke the title deed of this farm and allocate to nearby villagers who can develop it and generate income,” he said in his supplementary question.
Responding, the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development William Lukuvi said already the government has revoked the title deed of said farm.
“On 4. September this year , the title deed of Le Mash enterprises was officially revoked , I have already instructed Tanga region Commissioner to allocate the idle land to farmers,” he said
Answering another question by Moshi rural legislator Anthony Komu, Minister Lukuvi said the government will verify all farms which are owned by cooperative unions in Kilimanjaro region.
The MP had wanted to know the government stance towards minimizing land conflicts in the area which has been on the rise in recent years.
Minister Lukuvi said they have embarked on talks with the senior officials in the Ministry of Agriculture to see how they can help to solve the problem.
“Please give us enough time we are working on that, since the government want to ensure that people benefits with the farms and their livelihood”, he stated.
Speaking recently in Tanga region President Dr John Magufuli reiterated his intention to repossess all land for which title deeds have been issued, but which has remained idle for a long time.
He said he had already revoked ownership of five estates with a total of 14,000 acres which were left idle for many years.
“Here in Tanga, land ownership has always been a contentious matter, but my government is determined to end the land disputes. Out of 72 estates that have been lying idle for years, I have already revoked ownership of five.
“The commissioner for lands has already issued notice to 12 owners. I’m waiting for the minister to present the files to me and I will not hesitate to revoke their ownership,” he said while addressing residents of Mkanyageni in Muheza District.
According to the President, while majority of the poor residents were struggling for farming land, estate owners failed to develop the swathes of lands and instead used the tittle deeds to access hefty loans from local and foreign banks and run other businesses.