NGO chief to inspect land tenure successes in Iringa district

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Tom Arnold, Chief Executive Officer, Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide’s chief executive officer Tom Arnold will arrive in the country this week from Ireland and will, among other activities, inspect achievements in land tenure implemented by Iringa District Council’s Land department over the past six years.

According to a statement availed to The Guardian yesterday, the department has received support from Concern Tanzania since 2006, with funding from the European Union (EU) from 2009–11, to implement the Land Act and Village Land Act No.5 of 1999 to realize the rights of citizens to get formal ownership of their land.

The statement said on Thursday Arnold will show appreciation to the department staff for the constructive partnership in land tenure which led to 8,016 CCROs for villagers, and to President Jakaya Kikwete personally for  commending the programme, as well as the previous EU Ambassador Tim Clarke on his visit in 2011.

Concern Tanzania has been working with Iringa District Council for over 30 years since its arrival in the region in 1979 on the personal request from President Julius Nyerere in 1978, and has had a positive experience in working with all of the departments relevant to the programme – Natural Resources (water, land, and forestry); Agriculture and Livestock; and Community Development, Gender, and Children.

The statement said the Land Policy was released in 1995, and four years later the Land Act and Village Land Act No.5 were promulgated. In 2006, the government issued its Strategic Plan for the Implementation of the Land Acts (SPILL) to guide implementation efforts of the Acts.

Concern Tanzania has been supporting nine district councils in the implementation of the Acts, which recognise existing rights to land and occupation of land, and give women the same rights as men to acquire, hold, use, and transfer land (Land Policy 1995).

Source The Guardian

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