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Tanzania reduces land title deed levy

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania on Friday announced reduction of land title deed premium levy from 2.5 percent to 1 percent in a fresh bid to make it easy for the poor majority Tanzanians to secure land.

William Lukuvi, Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, told a land stakeholders meeting in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the new levy was effective on July 1.

He said the move was aimed at enabling more Tanzanians to easily secure title deeds.

“President John Magufuli ordered the ministry to do so with a view to ensuring that all Tanzanians are granted land title deeds,” he told the stakeholders, including land surveyors and local government officers.

In 2016, Lukuvi told Parliament that his ministry targeted to issue 450,500 land title deeds and related legal documents in the 2016/2017 financial year.

He said the government was determined to ensure that all Tanzanians who legally possessed land were issued with legal documents to justify their ownership.

Lukuvi instructed private firms dealing with land surveys and issuance of title deed services to reduce the service fees to 250,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 110 U.S. dollars) , saying the majority of Tanzanians could not afford the current costs of a minimum of 300,000 shillings.

Lukuvi also ordered that details of the bank accounts opened by the firms to facilitate land surveying and issuance of land title deeds should be made public and overseen by the citizens themselves to avoid fraud.

In addition, private firms will now be consulting with district councils when conducting their services to address concerns about bribes involving councilors, he said.

“From today, land surveying and the issuance of title deeds procedures will be coordinated by district councils, and not private firms,” said Lukuvi.

The government has already registered at least 130 private firms dealing with land use planning and land surveying in the country. 

             

 

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