23 June 2012

Tanzania: Gezaulole Plots Applicants Over Applied

OVER 12,000 people have applied for the allocation of 1,800 surveyed plots in Gezaulole ward near Kigamboni area in Dar es Salaam, however, scores of interviewed applicants are worried that implementation might favour 'big' names.

According to serial numbers displayed on one of the receipts issued to one of the applicants earlier on, the deadline set for last Friday, (name withheld) 12,678 had already received the application forms and the amount was not refundable.

As stated in the advert issued by the office of the Director of Temeke Municipal Council and copies posted on notice boards at the headquarters of the three municipalities in Dar es Salaam, Ilala, Temeke and Kinondoni, the application forms were obtained from the headquarters of Temeke Municipal Council between June11 and 15, 2012.

Part of the advertisement reads; "Temeke Municipal Council has surveyed 1,800 plots at Gezaulole being part of the implementation of land survey development project. In this second phase of the project, application forms will be sold for acquisition of plots of various sizes and uses...low and medium density plots.

"Each applicant will be required to fill two copies of the application forms and return them completed with attached three copies of passport size photos before June 18, 2012 at 2pm." There are eight different categories of land uses at Gezaulole as specified by the municipal authorities.

These are for residential use (high, medium and low density), residential and business centres, business only, social services, religious purposes, service trade, housing estate and prior-survey land ownership. Already, a score of Dar es Salaam residents fear that ordinary citizens might not be considered and the 30,000/- fee paid before could be a source of complaints especially among unsuccessful applicants.

"Implementation of the first phase exercise, two years ago, was marred with anomalies. No doubt the motive here is to collect money from the people. Knowing that there are only 1,800 surveyed plots, why collect so much money from thousands of applicants.

Some of the applicants are out of the country," one Dar es Salaam resident explained. Already there is a list of 742 names of people who were allocated with plots in the first phase of the exercise. The list is also available in the municipality's Website, tmc.go.tz revealing names of successful applicants she alleged to have enjoyed favour in the previous allocation due to their positions in the society.

Mr Maloka Odoko who made a simple calculation saying that since each of the applicants has paid 30,000/- times the number of applicants, over 12,000, that generated 360m/-. "This is nothing short of a game of chance crafted by a few individuals. The possibility for ordinary people, like most of us, to be nominated is non existent.

Just imagine, how much has been collected so far for acquisition of 1,800 plots only?" Odoko remarked. Temeke Municipal Director, Ms Margreth Nyalile said it was true that the number of applicants was huge but there are more plots in Gezaulole to be surveyed shortly after completion of the ongoing exercise.

"Wisdom will be applied in the selection of applicants, Municipal authorities for instance, can decide not to invite new applications but work on the previous list of applicants who missed plots in this second phase," Nyalile explained. She said, however, that out of the 1,800 plots applied, there are 700 plots which would be returned to owners who surrendered them for approved mapping.

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