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VOA / Nampula government headquarters
Farmers in the Ratane C area of Nampula city are up in arms against municipal authorities for allegedly taking away their farmland.
In total there are 13 families affected. The land is now in the possession of the Ministry of Health, which intends to build a general hospital and medical warehouse there.
The affected families say that in 2014 a team from Nampula municipality went to Ratane C to survey the number of people covered and determine the compensation to be received, as well as allocating land for them to continue their agricultural activities.
Since then, the silence has been deafening.
Now, with the people poised for another agricultural year, their sowing equipment at the ready, the authorities have sent equipment to clear the area where the hospital is supposed to be built.
The local population is outraged.
But Nampula Director of Urbanisation and Land Management Tapo Kara justifies the delay with the health sector’s failure to hand over compensation for those affected by the construction of the warehouse.
Without mentioning figures, Kara says damages will be paid soon, but did not advance any information concerning the allocation of new land for the farmers.
Leaving the farmers asking how they are supposed to survive without land to cultivate.Source: Voa Portugues