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The GOVERNMENT has canceled three of the landmarks of the Mkomazi Plantations MOA located in Mkinga District in Tanga for violating the terms of the development, including unplanned development and unpaid land tax.

The decision was announced yesterday by the Minister of Land Housing and Residential Development, when William Lukuvi addressed the Mayomboni community in Mkinga district in Tanga as he went to resolve a long-standing dispute in the area.

The vacated land is document No. 9780 with a size of 14,688 acres, a farm No. 4268 804 acres and a tract farm No. 9781 246 acres where all three farms have a size of 15,738 acres.

Following the decision, 10 villages with 3,236 households with 16,450 residents will benefit from the government's decision to relocate its population and to develop residential, school and sustainable agricultural practices.

The villages that benefited from the decision were Kilulu-Dunga, Zingibari, Mwaboza, Mwakikoya, Mandakini, Nkomini, Sigaya, Mayomboni, Maona village and Moa village

Commenting on the announcement of the decision, Lukuvi said the decision to clear the land was in response to a request from President John Magufuli to seek the removal of the land due to long-term failure by its owners.

He said the President approved the application as the Government had been promoting the implementation of the Land Act 4 of 1999, including the development of privately owned land.

He commissioned surveys in all 10 villages within the territory and corresponded to the boundaries of the villages and received a document in which he wanted the people living in the villages to be harmed.

At one point Lukuvi ordered a preliminary inspection of the other estates of Mtili Estates Co Ltd located in Mkinga in Tanga province where only 58 acres were requested to be cleared for non-development while the body was claimed to own 2,841 acres.

The move follows Head of Department of Land and Natural Resources in Mfinga District Council, Obed Katonge stating that, at Mtili Estates Co Ltd it has a 2,841-acre separate farm and is reflected in the records of the Northern Zone Registrar's office which is 58 .

Mkinga State MP, Dustan Kitandula, thanked the Government for listening to the long-standing outcry of citizens living in the cleared land area.

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