The government of Tanzania said on Tuesday it will soon start demolishing about 300 houses constructed in government reserve located at Toangoma in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam’s district of Temeke.

“Owners of the 300 houses were given a seven-day notice to vacate the houses to pave way for the demolition,” said Nassibu Mbaga, the Temeke Municipal Director.

“We notified the owners of the houses last week to vacate and the notice expired on August 28,” Mbaga told a news conference in the commercial capital.

He added that the owners of the houses lined up for demolition requested the government for a dialogue before it could carry out the demolition.

Mbaga said the demolition was supposed to start on August 28 but since the owners have requested for a dialogue with the government, the government has formed a team which will talk to the house owners on Wednesday.

“We are going to hold talks with them but the houses will be demolished because they are located in the greenbelt. This is a reserve area where we can only plant trees for environmental protection,” said the official.

Since President John Magufuli came into power, tens of hundreds of houses located along road reserves have been demolished. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh