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Verdict on airport land case awaited, Minister explains

The fate of payments to Kipunguni residents in Dar es Salaam who had to relocate to pave the way for the expansion of Julius Nyerere International Airport is awaiting a court ruling.

Minister for Works Isaack Kamwele said since there was a court case on the matter, the government could not say when the payments would be made.

"We cannot comment on a matter what is in court as that would amount to contempt of court. Let's wait until the ruling is delivered,” he replies to a supplementary question from Anatropia Theonist (Special Seats, Chadema) who wanted to know when the government would meet the residents to ask them to withdraw their case.

"It is true that we have stopped the residents from developing their areas to pave the way for expansion of the airport," he said.

Earlier the Deputy Minister for Works, Elias Kuandikwa, said the government identified 1,182 residents of Kipunguni area whose areas were surveyed for payment by the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) to allow for an upgrading project of airport infrastructure.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter in Dodoma

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