KAGERA: MULEBA District Commissioner, Dr Abel Nyamahanga, has directed the Acting District Executive Director (DED), Ms Christina Akio, to ensure that village land in various wards that was illegally sold to individuals is repossessed for development purposes.
He made the remarks recently during an impromptu visit to various wards to inspect the implementation of development projects.
He expressed his disappointment after being informed that village land in several wards was illegally sold without convening village assemblies, as required by regulations.
While at Kamishango Ward, Dr Nyamahanga received complaints from citizens who lamented the lack of village land for agricultural production, as well as a shortage of land for livestock pasture.
“After receiving complaints from citizens, I have directed the Acting District Executive Director (DED), Ms Christina Akio, to ensure that village land in various wards that was illegally sold to individuals is repossessed for development purposes,” he said.
Meanwhile, about 16 heads of cattle worth 15m/-, property of Mr Richard Daudi, a resident of Biharamulo’s Kalebezo village, were killed by lightning while grazing in a field.
Hassan Juma (28), a Ward Executive Officer (WEO), said the incident happened at around 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday. The lightning strike followed heavy rains accompanied by strong winds.
However, there were no casualties among humans, he said.
This incident is not the first of its kind in Tanzania. On December 4 of last year, lightning claimed five lives in Masasi District in Mtwara region.
In 2017, a lightning strike killed five people, including two pupils, in Lindi Region. The lightning strike followed heavy rains accompanied by strong winds.
Three people were also admitted to the hospital due to injuries sustained when the roof of their house collapsed from the strong winds. Also, about 53 houses were destroyed by the rains, leaving at least 250 families homeless.
Experts say that lightning, a loud thunderous sound accompanied by bright flashes similar to electricity, can occur between clouds, from the cloud to the ground, or between clouds and objects such as trees or buildings.
The frequency of these incidents raises critical questions about preparedness and preventive measures in the face of nature’s unpredictable wrath.