3 December 2012

Tanzania: Kikwete Wants House 'Losers' Paid Promptly

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Urban housing project in Ilala, Dar-es-Salaam (file photo).

Ruangwa — PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has directed TANROADS to compensate in good time all the people whose houses have been marked for demolition as they have been built on road reserves.

He issued the directive after some of the residents at Milola Ward in Ruangwa District told him that their houses had been marked 'X' two years ago on claims that they had been built on an area reserved for road construction.

The houses are built at the road linking Ng'apa in Lindi Rural to Mandawa in Ruangwa District. The road passes through Lutamba and Milola. They were singled out for demolition to pave way for the ongoing road construction.

The complaint was among several listed down by residents in the area after the president asked them to mention all the nuisances they faced at a public rally at Milola Ward. They mentioned compensation for their condemned houses and compensation for cashew nut payment and water shortages.

The Lindi Regional TANROADS Manager and the Ruangwa District Commissioner, Dr Ali Nassoro, were present when the people were raising their complaints. President Kikwete also urged the Lindi District and municipal councils and the people to work together in constructing primary courts in the country.

He made the call while opening Rondo Primary Court in Lindi Rural District. He urged concerned authorities to make an effort to build primary courts to save the people from travelling long distances in pursuit of justice, noting that the long distances to the courts could result in people resorting to take the law in their own hands.

Mr Kikwete promised that the government would continue to build courts at primary, district and regional levels to ensure dispensation of justice was brought closer to the people. The Principal Judge, Fakih Jundu, said that courts, especially primary courts, were faced with many challenges, including lack of premises to conduct hearing of cases.

He added that in some places, such courts operated in godowns, ward executives' offices and district commissioners' offices. Justice Jundu gave the Rondo example, saying it was part of the judiciary's policy to bring its services closer to the people.

There are at present 67 primary courts in Lindi and Mtwara regions, 31 out of which were in a state of disrepair while the remaining 26 did not have the status of a law court. The Rondo Court has been built at a cost of 75m/-, partly contributed by the MP for Mtama, Mr Bernard Membe and the Lindi Rural District Council. People contributed to labour, including collection of sand, water, wood and quarry.

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