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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Tanzania to assess land conflicts between
villages and military camps   

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Minister for Defense and National Service, Hussein Mwinyi, said on Wednesday the government was taking measures aimed at resolving land conflicts between villages and military camps.

Mwinyi told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that the government was worried over the increasing wave of land conflicts between villagers and military camps.

“We have planned to undertake nationwide surveys to establish the magnitude of the problem and take corrective measures,” the minister told the House.

“The conflicts have been reported in many parts of the country, thus the need to intervene,” added Mwinyi.

Mwinyi was responding to a question asked by the Morogoro Urban Member of Parliament, Abdul-Aziz Abood, who had wanted to know when the government will resolve land conflicts between residents of Kauzeni and Luhongo villages in Morogoro region and the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF).

The MP said the residents in the two villages had been left without land for farming as the army has installed beacons in what used to be their farming land.

Abood argued that it was the TPDF that encroached on the land villagers have been farming, calling on the government to reverse the situation and hand over the portion of land to the villagers.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Tanzania evaluates damage caused by ongoing heavy rains

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania said on Tuesday it has embarked on a nationwide survey aimed at establishing damage to property and infrastructure caused by ongoing heavy rains.

Elias Kwandikwa, the east African nation’s Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that the focus of the assessment will be on the extent to which roads and bridges have been damaged by the rains. 

Kwandikwa told the House that the assessment being done by the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), a state-owned agency overseeing construction and maintenance of roads, will establish the amount of money that will be required to rehabilitate the damaged roads. 

The rains, which began in March, have killed more than 20 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business capital, Arusha, Manyara, Tabora and the Zanzibar archipelago.

The rains have also left hundreds of people homeless, damaged hundreds of hectares of food crops and destroyed property and infrastructure, including schools. 

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