Monday, 16 November 2015

Meeting seeks to end Mwanza land conflicts

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
DAILY NEWS Reporter in Mwanza

ILEMELA Municipality has been called upon to find lasting solutions to land-related disputes among Bugenda, Monze 'A' & 'B' and Nyamwilolelwa residents that arose from unplanned settlements.

The call was made by the Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) Project Manager (Improving Rural Housing), Mr Musa Masongo, here at the weekend, when he was giving an evaluation of land conflicts in the Municipality and measures taken to resolve disputes that include surveying plots for better housing.

TAHEA is a professional non government organisation (NGO) founded in March 1980 in Mwanza City, with the aim to empower individuals, families and the entire community in the country, socially, economically and with gender perspective through education, training, information and consultancy.

He said residents have bought plots and created unplanned settlements with the government failing to stop them, a situation he said will bring great harm if it is not controlled earlier.

"The biggest problem is having residents build unplanned settlements and later have their plots taken by the government. I am requesting the government to survey unplanned areas in order to avoid conflicts," Mr Masongo explained.

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