Tanzania: No plans to evict Maasai
from ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Arusha, Tanzania
ARUSHA – TANZANIA has denounced media reports suggesting it planned to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land.
According to a statement Lazaro Nyalandu, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, the information circulated through the media outlets globally was misleading, malicious and meant to tarnish the image of the country and its international standing.
“The government of United Republic of Tanzania has never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land as falsely reported by the media in recent days,” read a statement.
Nyalandu said that the claims that 40 000 Maasai were being evicted are false unfounded and baseless.
“The argument that the land in question is being sold to a wealthy Middle Eastern family are a total fabrication and in contrary to the Tanzanian law.”
It was confirmed on Friday Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land, Natural Resource, and Environment were due to visit the Loliondo area to bear witness to the government position and speak directly to the Maasai people.
Nyalandu will also be leading a team of government officials and Media Houses to visit Ngorongoro in the next few days.
– CAJ News
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