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.
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.
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
In 2016, Lukuvi told
Parliament that his ministry targeted to issue 450,500 land
title deeds and related legal documents in the 2016/2017
He said the
government was determined to ensure that all Tanzanians who
legally possessed land were issued with legal documents to
justify their ownership.
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
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
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
The government has
already registered at least 130 private firms dealing with land
use planning and land surveying in the country.