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Land row escalates The new land row that is brewing on the horizon and is allegedly linked to a prominent politician is raising eyebrows. It has also got those allegedly
11 Jul 2018 10:05
between THE LINES

Land row escalates

The new land row that is brewing on the horizon and is allegedly linked to a prominent politician is raising eyebrows.

It has also got those allegedly linked to the politician scurrying for cover.

Their alleged wish is that details behind this land row do not see the light of day because of the serious implications. They would open up the proverbial can of worms.

The land in question is allegedly native land but has been dereserved.

A group of landowners is now demanding to know who signed the consent for the land to be dereserved.

Stakeholders in this land row have been tightlipped.

The landowners have been trying to obtain information but have failed.

They claim it was dereserved well before the 2013 Constitution, which bans the alienation of native land.

What is not known is the current status of the land, whether it’s State land or freehold land.

In the wake of the controversial Momi Bay land swap deal, landowners are anxious that this issue be investigated to uncover the mystery or the secrecy behind it.

A record check revealed a map that has the name of the business arm of a provincial council.

But the registered trustee is a reputable company.

No development has happened on the land yet and the landowners are still cultivating it.

It is suspected that something had gone wrong.

That’s why there is no development.

The landowners want it investigated so that they can know the truth. The onus is on other stakeholders who know to reveal it.

MPs’ swansongs

Friday could very well turn out to be an emotional day – when MPs bid farewell, head to their different camps to prepare for

the 2018 General Election.

It’s the final sitting of Parliament. Yesterday some MPs were already saying their goodbyes. Some were thanking and praising the Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni.

She has had an incredible four years and don’t be surprised if she returns for a second term. She is in good health and more knowledgeable and experienced than when she started in 2014.

Who knows, some MPs may not return after the election for a whole raft of reasons.

Those who have honestly put in their best efforts should not be worried. It’s Murphy’s Law.

As they rose to deliver their response to the 2018-2019 National Budget  on Monday and yesterday it might have doubled as their swansongs.

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