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KILIMANJARO Regional Commissioner (RC) Mrs Monica Mbega reminded farmers that 'Kilimo Kwanza' initiative intended, among others, to improve farming practices so as to boost productivity in food production and ultimately alleviate poverty in rural areas where the majority of Tanzanians live.
Well Mrs Mbega a good start to boosting productivity and alleviating poverty in the Kilimanjaro region would be to apply the rule of law to Benjamin Mengi's theft to the lease of Silverdale & Mbono Farms in the Hai district.
Mengi's presence on the farm is unlawful and criminal.
The lease to the farms is lawfully owned by Silverdale Tanzania Ltd a company owned by British investors Stewart Middleton and Sarah Hermitage. Under this ownership, the farms were productive, cared for and provided fine vegatables for export to Europe and the local market. Over 100 Tanzanians were employed on the farms and enjoyed prosperity.
Today the decent Tazanians involved in the farm and who's poverty was alleviated by it, have nothing!!!
No one here in the West can take anything you say about kilimo Kwanza seriously after all, if you were serious, you would kick Mengi off the farms and put him in prison for his criminal conduct.
Over to you!!!