THE government has repeatedly made its position clear that there will be no forceful evictions of pastoral communities from Loliondo and the Ngorongoro conservation area.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa's recent assertion was clearly clarifying unsubstantiated and unfounded claims of evicting the Maasai herders from a place they have called home for over 60 years.

Last Monday, the Premier allayed fears among pastoralists who have been co-existing with wild animals in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) for eons.

In the midst of the government's stance on the saga, 'Daily News' has learnt that there are misleading reports peddled by detractors that there was a plan to forcefully kick out the inhabitants.

The world ought to understand that the Tanzanian government has demonstrated an unperturbed zeal of putting the matter to bed and should ignore all malicious publications flogged by devil advocates that the State was planning to forcefully evict the herders from their ancestral home.

With strongest terms possible, we denounce such baseless and unfounded reports which contain no ounce of truth.

In the recent meeting between the government and various interested groups, the Premier Majaliwa said the pastoralists' fate in the NCAA would be decided, upon completion of collection of stakeholders' opinion and respective analyses of proposals advanced by concerned parties.

The premier, however, insisted on approaching the matter with utmost caution, stressing that public interest should be taken on board.

"We've taken all your contributions on board, however it is imperative to have public and national interest in mind," he said.

He added: “We are aware that the government fully understands the importance of striking the right balance between conservation and people's livelihoods, thus there is no way any forceful eviction could be effected.”

Though the pastoral community has the right to utilize land in any part of the country, it was up to the State to decide – in a win-win situation - the best way to utilize every tract of Tanzania's land.

The Prime Minister in the recent meeting couldn't shy away from reminding Non-Government Organizations, which have for many years, advocated for the rights of pastoral communities in Loliondo.

He used the opportunity to remind the NGOs on not using both, Loliondo and Ngorongoro saga to tarnish the country's good image.

The Premier added: “We are again reminding the rabble-rousers that the Tanzanian government is committed to resolving the protracted dispute amicably.”




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    We need to live in peace we are not emigrants we innocent Patriots of Tz

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