18 January 2014

East Africa: EAC Considers Developing Real Estate in Kisongo

The East African Community is now contemplating developing the 130-acre piece of land issued to them by the Government in Kisongo area along the main Arusha-Dodoma road.

EAC which has already moved into its new headquarters in Arusha City, now wants to build staff houses as well as shopping center and possibly a school in the other Kisongo plot.

The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Finance and Administration Mr Jean Claude Nsengiyumva last week led a group of officials to inspect the prime piece of land allocated to the EAC by the Government of the of Tanzania in Mateves area, Kisongo, in the outskirts of Arusha City.

The land in Kisongo was allocated to the EAC in August 2005 through the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jakaya Kikwete and the plot was meant for the community's future property expansion.

Accompanying the officials were Surveyors; Mr Yohana Shumbi and Danielson Naiman from Josjujo Surveyors and Land Consult a firm based in Arusha.

The visit was aimed at re-establishing the boundaries of the land with the view to start processing its title deed.

Once the official title deed is processed, the Secretariat intends to initiate development projects on the land that will include staff housing scheme, international school, health centre, recreational facilities, exhibition ground, and banking as well as a shopping mall.

During the 9th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State that was held in Kigali on 26 June 2008, the Heads of State decided that "time had come for the East African Community to put in place a housing policy geared at acquiring and constructing houses for all the key Community staff.

The heads of state had advised that EAC "should approach Banks and Financial Institutions as well as Social Security Funds with a view to structuring mortgage lending for effecting the housing policy".

According to the EAC Deputy Secretary General Mr Nsengiyumva, the EAC can effectively implement the above directive as well as other grand development projects only after the Right of Occupancy to the said piece of land is granted.

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