Biography

Mr.  Fidelis Kashumba Mutakyamilwa

Chairman

Mr. Fidelis Kashumba Mutakyamilwa

Fidelis Kashumba Mutakyamilwa is the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the National Land Use Planning Commission since 20th of September 2016. He is also the Chairman of the of National Land Advisory Council of the United Republic of Tanzania. He has more than 30 years’ experience in development of land tenure policy and law. He holds two University degrees of Bachelors of Laws (LLB - Hons) and Master of Laws (LLM). Mutakyamilwa has attended other training courses that include Legislative Drafting, at the University of London, United Kingdom (June 2007). He is a member of the Tanganyika Law Society since 2008, also a Certified Director and member of the Institute of Directorship in Tanzania (2013).

Mutakyamilwa has attended different international, regional and local land reform conferences and workshops that included issues on land redistribution, land rights and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa, viable land administration systems in Africa and land policies for growth and poverty reduction in Africa.

Being a legislative drafting expert, during the Tanzanian major land reforms that started with the Presidential Commission of Inquiry in Land Matters in 1991, Mutakyamilwa was one of the experts that drafted the consequential Tanzania National Land Policy of 1995 which was followed by drafting Bills for the Tanzanian land tenure, land disputes courts, land use planning, and supportive regulations that established procedures for local or village-led, democratic and accountable land administration for the majority in the rural areas that comprise of small holder farmers and pastoralists. Mutakyamilwa has participated in the Tanzanian participatory consultative land reform processes and their subsequent implementation. He has gained experience from community based land tenure administration through participation in piloting and implementation of the Tanzanian policies and legislation on matters that include land tenure, land use planning, survey and mapping, titling and land disputes settlement machinery.

Mutakyamilwa as a legal expert, in the year 2003, was engaged as a team member on a short term mission for evaluation of the pilot land scheme in Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia. The team of experts was engaged by Sida through Orgut Consulting Ab to analyze land reform oriented activities and provided recommendations, based on the experiences from the pilots and on international experience, on establishing democratic, sustain-able and accountable land administration. The assessment also covered suitability of the technologies employed, the existing policy and legal system, need for policy and legal amendments, overlaps and gaps regarding user rights in the regulations and modalities for improved gender equality and participation of women.

Mutakyamilwa’s network with Civil Societies Organizations (CSOs) and combined with experience from his employment in the Government as Registrar of Titles and Assistant Commissioner for Lands (Legal), has gained people centered land reforms experience to address implementation challenges that include responding to citizenry expectations.