10 November 2013

Tanzania: Bunge Team to Probe Farmer-Pastoralist Clash

Dodoma — THE Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anne Makinda revealed the names of Parliamentary-select committee member who shall investigate escalating land disputes between pastoralists and other land users across the country.

The five-member committee will write and compile its report before submitting it to the speaker in the coming 14th meeting of the 10th Parliament.

The members are Kilolo MP (CCM) Prof Peter Msolla who had initially suggested the formation of the committee, Ms Jenister Mhagama (Peramiho-CCM), Ms Magdalena Sakaya (Special Seats- CUF), Mr Christopher Ole Sendeka (Simanjiro-CCM) and Joseph Selasini (Rombo-Chadema).

The Parliamentary select or Ad hoc committees as commonly referred to in Parliamentary practices are those constituted by the House or the Speaker to consider and report on specific matters and become functions officio as soon as they complete their work.

"This particular committee will assess areas reported to have been fuelling land disputes between pastoralists and other land users and investors in the country," Ms Makinda noted.

Ms Anne said that the select committee will be responsible for making analysis on various land policies in the country and their weaknesses and review the previous reports that were compiled by the past select committee on the same conflict.

Other activities to be executed by the select committee include assessing the reasons for water sources mismanagement and environmental degradation and analysing the government strategies set for land conflict resolutions.

"The committee will also be demanded to provide suggestion over the measures to be taken against government officials who were violating human rights while executing their duties," she added.

She also ordered the select committee to perform the duty immediately saying delay only sent a picture that the problems was likely to grow and become even more bigger.

The formation of this select committee has resulted from legislators reaction towards the government over its silence despite the escalating land disputes which even claimed number of lives.

The parliamentarians last week condemned the government for remaining silent while there were serious killings of pastoralists, violation of their fundamental rights and massacre of cattle, devastation of property, torture of suspects and illegal seizure and auction of cattle by government executives.

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