RESIDENTS of the Dar es Salaam suburb of Kigamboni yesterday queried what they alleged as forceful ownership of shares in the envisaged New City project, saying the process remains unclear to them.
It has proposed that people with land in the area should be deducted 10 per cent of their compensation payment for shares in the envisaged project.
Speaking at a special forum that the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement, Prof Anna Tibaijuka, organised with councillors and local leaders, Kigamboni MP, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, said that there is no law that entitles the minister to force people to acquire shares.
"What we need as the residents of Kigamboni is thorough education sessions on where the money will be taken, how the shares are going to benefit us and which institution is going to supervise the issue," said Dr Ndugulile.
He said that the government should inform the residents whether the money to undertake the project is available or not for them to continue with other development issues in their areas.
"Let's focus our time and energy more on implementation rather than mere rhetoric every now and then," the legislator urged.
On his part, Mr Juma Mkumbi, a councillor at Kibada, said that the government should start paying compensation for the residents of Uvumba Ward, saying about 18 months have passed since they were evaluated.
"Uvumba residents are tired of waiting; they cannot do any kind of development in their areas because they live in a prison cell-kind of environment," charged Mr Mkumbi.
He said they are tired of the meetings being conducted now and then; adding that what they want is implementation. "They should start by paying the 2,800 Uvumba residents for other areas to see that the project still exists.
Prof Tibaijuka said that the issue of shares should be regarded as redemption to the people of Kigamboni. "The whole process is being conducted in accordance with the law; therefore, no one will be held at gunpoint to acquire shares," she remarked.
The minister said that compensations are supposed to be paid on time, adding that they should be paid with interest in case of any delay.
Prof Tibaijuka told the meeting that she cannot be held responsible for any hindrances to the process as she was committed to it She said she was going to do what it takes to oversee payment to 2,800 people in Uvumba who have less than five acres of land whereas the rest will have to wait, further urging their tolerance.