Mr James Lembeli

Mr James Lembeli

The directive was issued by the parliamentary Lands, Natural Resources and Environment Committee to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and the Ministry Natural Resources and Tourism.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr James Lembeli (Kahama-CCM), blamed the government for failing to solve the dispute even after issuing a government notice to affect that the area under argument is a national reserve.

According to Mr Lembeli, the notice was issued in 2005 but in the year 2008 an investor was given the same area and thus creating the conflict. Eco Energy plans to set up a sugar plantation at the area under dispute.

?The committee has in the past directed the two ministries to settle the dispute for the interests of the nation but as we speak the two are still at logger heads,? Mr Lembeli complained.

The lawmaker wondered as to why the Ministry of Lands availed the land to the investor and yet there was a government notice declaring the area to the national park.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhem Meru, maintained that the area belongs to Saadani National Park as par the government notice of 2005.

Dr Meru warned that any agriculture activity at the area would have negative impact on the ecology of the park.

However, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr Alphayo Kidata, maintained that the investor and villages around the park were the rightful owners of the land.

Mr Kidata admitted that the two ministries were at logger heads regarding the matter and pledged to meet with his counterpart from the Ministry of Lands to solve the conflict.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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