Land dispute in Pemba turns violent
A TUG of war between villagers and local officials in KiuyuMaziwang’ombe village, Micheweni District, North Pemba turned explosive after villagers chased away and demanded resignation of their community leader (sheha), alleging that she sold land to an investor against their will.
Reports said people in the village started gathering on Wednesday night and Thursday morning last week shouting: “We have no trust in Sheha and want her to leave.”
“Residents surrounded the home of the Sheha and damaged it by stoning, then turned on her trees far and cut down all the plants and smashed about two thousand building blocks owned by the community leader,” said ACP Nassir.
ACP Nassir, Regional Police Commander (RPC) for North Pemba estimated the cost of the damaged properties to be between 15m/- and 20m/-.
He said one-hundred suspects were in police custody by week’s end. “We are still hunting for other suspects who also attempted to burn Sheha’s house and resist police operation by throwing