ABOUT 5,000 people who invaded and settled within the Ranch of Zanzibar in Bagamoyo, Coast Region, (RAZABA) have been ordered to vacate and leave the area under Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) for supervision.
The Coast Regional Commissioner Mr Abubakar Kunenge announced during his tour at Saadani, RAZABA and Stone Town in Bagamoyo District recently the people who settled in the area belonging to the Zanzibar government have to leave as recommended by a team of ministers who worked on the land conflicts in the area.
“I am here to give orders to the residents of this area of RAZABA to vacate the place at once because it belongs to the Government and from now it is under the supervision of Tanzania Forest Services (TFS),” he stated.
He said decision to remove the people from the area was results of the efforts of the government to deal with land conflicts. President Samia Suluhu Hassan had formed a committee of eight ministers which collaborated with a team of technicians and visited different areas with land conflicts in the country. They came up with suggestions which were approved by the cabinet for implementation.
Expounding, RC Kunenge said the area was formerly a livestock farm which was provided by the government to the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
The fam has an area of 28,097 acres which were divided into farm number 364, 365/1 and number 365/2 in Makurunge.
In another development, while at Saadani village in Bagamoyo District, RC Kunenge ordered Sea Salt Company to release an area of 50 out of 2,000 acres which care owned by the company which will be divided to the residents of Kajanjo sun street in Chalinze Council.
He also directed Assistant Commissioner of Land to revoke certificate of ownership of East Africa Resort which is inside the reserve and has not been developed.
In addition to that, Mr Kunenge gave directives to Chalinze District Council Executive Director Ramadhan Possi to make sure that the residents of Kajanjo sub street are relocated to 50-acre area which was formerly owned by Sea Salt Company.