Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

10 February 2013

Tanzania: Tanga RC Orders a Stop to Sale of Land

TANGA Regional Commissioner Ms Chiku Gallawa has ordered district authorities in the region to stop allocating land to investors and individuals until land use plans have been established, as a means of wiping out land disputes and preserve environment which has been destroyed.

The RC, who was in Handeni District accompanied by regional security committee members, said that the environment in the region is affected by human activities which are conducted haphazardly, thus causing a shortage of rainfall.

The RC saw the massive destruction of natural forests by activities like farming and lumbering, said that every local authority involved in allocating land would be made accountable. "It is not my first time to give this order.

But some leaders here are stubborn... from now on I will take stern legal measures against such leaders. Today, we cry we have no food because we do not get rain... how can we get rain amidst such great destruction of forests which are natural attraction of rainfall?" questioned the RC.

In another move, the RC has established a regional task force that will make sure that the by-laws and environment committees become active in protecting forests in all districts. She said the task force would also sensitise people to restore the forests.

She said under land use plan, every village is expected to allocate areas for forest conservation, and no other human activity will be allowed in forests. "In my tour in Handeni District I found people starting up new farms at the thick of the forests, this is unacceptable... when you ask them they say we have been given the land by leaders," she said.

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