THE Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development has declared the Masaki 1832 disputed plot an open space, it has been learnt. The Ministry will tomorrow hold a meeting with the plots current developer, Ms Engineered Systems Solutions Ltd, for final discussion. The dispute between residents around the area and the developer arose after the former claimed the latter was not supposed to develop the plot because it was an open space, according to original drawings from the Ministry. Led by the Masaki Local government Chairperson, Ms Janet Mbene, residents vowed to stop the developer at any cost and suspected the whole deal smelt of corruption. After studying various evidences on the matter, the Ministry has now reached the decision to declare the area open space. We will hold a formal meting with stakeholders to inform them on the decision, said Mrs Ndenyi Ulomi, the Ministrys spokesperson. For sometime late last year, the issue was under investigation by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) but according to Mrs Ulomi, the file was returned from the anti-corruption body without any recommendation. We received a blank file from PCCB, may be because they are still gathering some evidences, but we are soon closing this chapter and we are compiling our final report, she said. Apart from Ministry officials and developer, the meeting will also involve officials from the Kinondoni Municipality. Mrs Ulomi, who is now acting as Commissioner for Lands, admitted, however, that the whole issue was a result of abuse of office by some staff of the Ministry responsible for planning, surveying and allocation of plots. Meanwhile, the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) will hold a meeting with stakeholders on development of beach areas this month. It has therefore temporarily stopped any current beach development in the country until enough education campaign is conducted. The NEMC Director of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, Dr Robert Ntakamulemga, said that the Council had discovered that people were not aware of the legal requirements before undertaking any development at beach areas. He was referring to a recent move when private developers intended to develop beach areas along Masaki in the City without observing Social and Environmental Impact Assessment. Recently, the Council issued a stop order to develop the beach area between Sea Cliff and Golden Tulip Hotels which was apportioned to six local developers. The developers initially said they were cleared to continue with the project by the Kinondoni Municipal officials after obtaining a go ahead from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development. The firms are Sea Breeze and Drive In Cinema Ltd, Commodity Traders Ltd, Wellworth Hotel and Lodges, Professional Cleaners, Red & Black Enterprises and Centrally Cinemax.