Thursday, 17 March 2016

PM Orders Ngara DED returning to face investigation

THE Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has ordered the suspension and return to Ngara of District Executive Director (DED) Colnery Ngudungi to allow thorough investigations on several projects, including the Ngara Petrol Station.

Mr Ngudungi was recently transferred to the Shinyanga Regional Secretariat. He is, among others, alleged to have allowed an investor of Arab origin to construct a petrol station along a road reserve and placed petroleum tanks along the road, causing a security risk.

He is also alleged to have been involved in selling at a throw-away price, a workshop that was formerly owned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In another development, the premier has directed the cancellation of ownership of 7,700 hectares of 11 major farms in Kasharazi and Rwakalemera villages in Ngara District, Kagera Region.

He issued the directive yesterday when addressing residents of Kasulo and Rwakalemera villages in Kasulo ward in Ngara District. According to the prime minister who yesterday started his tour in Geita Region, the 11 farms had no title deeds.

Mr Majaliwa decided to hold a meeting earlier yesterday after he summoned the district authorities to respond to queries raised by the people who blocked his motorcade as he was heading to Ngara Town The decision came after Mr Majaliwa asked the District Natural Resources and Lands Officer, Ms Betty Munuo, to explain why there were land disputes in her district.

Ms Munuo, who was transferred to Ngara District in August, last year, said upon reporting to her new duty station, she realised that there were many complaints.

She said she immediately decided to make a proper assessment of the complaints, adding that plans were afoot to serve them with notices so that they can appear before her.

In her list, Ms Munuo mentioned 18 owners of plots of major farms, only seven of which had title deeds. According to her, three of the seven farms were operating while four others had since been dumped.

The premier directed that a census should be conducted to identify whether the owners of those farms are Tanzania nationals or not. “For the farms that have title deeds, I want you to conduct a thorough review of the title deeds to establish how they were obtained,’’ he insisted, adding that the report should be sent to his office in Dar es Salaam by March 20.

For that work to be accomplished, Mr Majaliwa directed that Mr Enock Mponzi who was the former Lands Officer before being transferred to Rorya District, Mara Region, be reinstated so that he can help in distribution of those areas.

He further asked Rwakalemera Village Chairman, Mr Brighton Kemikimba, to hold a meeting before the end of this month at which he should produce a list of all major farms that exceed 50 hectares and explain if their owners had secured permits from the council.

Source: Last Reviewed on : 2016-03-17
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