17 May 2014

Tanzania: Lands Ministry to Review Boundaries in Karagwe

Dodoma — MINISTRY of Land, Housing and Human Settlements has the mandate to review Karagwe boundaries, and not the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

This was said by the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Kaika ole Telele when he was responding to a question asked by Gosbert Begumisa Blandes (Karagwe, CCM), who wanted to know why for years government has been promising to conduct the exercise but has not yet done so.

The legislator told parliament that government has been promising to review boundaries of Kitengule Ranch so that residents of Kishojo, Kihana, Katanda, Kibwera, Mushabaiguru and Mramba villages can access grazing areas.

The deputy minister said that Kitengule Ranch has 14,062.94 hectares which are owned by NARCO, and 28,600 hectares are owned by Kagera Sugar Company Limited which utilises it for sugar cane farming.

He said that these hectares remained after new boundaries reviews were conducted following complaints by residents, which was also used to avoid conflicts between residents and investors.

He however said that last year the government promised to review the boundaries as conflicts are still going on, but the exercise will be conducted by the ministry of Lands and Housing and Human Settlements, and not his ministry.

"Unfortunately this exercise could not be conducted during the 2013/2014 period due to the lack of funds, but we expect it to be conducted in the 2014/2015 period," he said.

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