Peasant Union concerned at land expropriation in Mozambique
Urbanisation in the Municipal District of Catembe [or Ka Tembe] in Maputo has not progressed as quickly as hoped because of organisational and technical constraints.
After the suspension of the process in 2012 for the design of an access road bridge, the City Council moved forward with the preparation of the general urbanisation plan. Once approved and ratified, two partial plans were approved, allowing the resumption of land allocations for new occupants and other adjustments.
According to Maputo Mayor David Simango, the safest procedure was to prioritise land regularisation and put land allocation in second place, taking into account the sensitivity of land issues.
However, most of the residents do not have the documentation necessary for the regularisation of the land plots they are occupying, delaying the process.
In order to accelerate the implementation of development plans and avoid further failures, the City Council has for just over a year been creating a unit to seek specific answers to this question. Called GaTembe, the entity will interpret and monitor the implementation of the development plans in the Incassane and Chamissava neighbourhoods.
David Simango was optimistic regarding the approval of GaTembe by the Municipal Assembly, the last requirement for the entity to start operating. The GaTembe should facilitate land allocation and regularisation procedures for citizens, but also by public and private institutions who want to settle in Catembe, he said.
Among these is Parliament itself, which plans to build a “parliamentary village”. A Constitutional Council building, the Office of the Ombudsman and industrial and hotel units are also envisaged.
The suspension of the bureaucratic processes occurred when thousands of citizens had already paid their fees and were waiting for land to be allocated. Is it hoped that their cases will finally be settled, prior to examining the 20,000 further cases which have built up since.Source: Noticias