The Minister of Land, Housing, and Human Settlements Development, Jerry Silaa, has initiated a land service center as a measure to address land conflicts in the Dodoma Municipality.

This move comes just a day after the Parliament approved the budget for the Ministry of Land, Housing, and Human Settlements Development for the fiscal year 2024/25, with many members of parliament expressing concerns about land disputes arising from multiple ownership of the same plot.

These concerns were particularly highlighted regarding Dodoma, where more than 30 MPs and six deputy ministers have encountered land-related issues.

Jerry Silaa made these remarks on May 28, 2024, during a meeting with the land department of the Dodoma Municipality at the Office of the Regional Land Commissioner.

He mentioned that in 2019, the government made a decision to transfer all land officers from the local authorities to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Land, Housing, and Human Settlements Development.

The intention was to streamline operational procedures and ensure the ministry’s activities are conducted professionally.

In some areas, such as Mpwapwa District, there’s a necessity for an office to initiate land processes and transactions before they are referred to the regional level due to the outdated system.

He questioned the necessity of having two offices in one location performing the same tasks.

A team appointed by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa found 3,000 individuals in possession of plots with multiple ownership.

He assured that Dodoma Municipality will continue its planning authority duties as stipulated by law.

Moreover, he alleviated the concerns of MPs and Tanzanians by stating that land clinics will be established in areas facing extreme challenges.

Deputy Minister of Land, Housing, and Human Settlements Development, Geofrey Pinda, acknowledged the difficulties faced upon assuming office last year due to the prevailing conditions.

He emphasized the need for flexibility in adapting to life changes and praised the positive impact of the recent changes made by the ministry.

Antony Sanga, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Land, Housing, and Human Settlements Development, highlighted Dodoma’s unique situation, with over 3,000 plots holding multiple titles.

He commended the efforts made in addressing these challenges, especially through land surveys in Mahomanyika.

The ministry has decided to centralize all land matters under the land commissioner to eliminate existing grievances in Dodoma.