Possible eviction of pastoralist communities in Tanzania

The Government of Tanzania has developed a controversial plan to subdivide the Loliondo Game Controlled Area as a measure to end its long-standing land dispute with the Maasai pastoralist community. The Government decided to split the 4000 sq.km area into two parts: the Maasai are to be allocated 2500 sq. km, while the 1500 sq. km bordering the Serengeti National Park are to be used for conservation purposes. Opponents claim that this is contrary to the “laws of the land and would adversely affect the local community.” At a public rally in the area, the opposition party urged residents of villages in the Loliondo area not to accept this government decision. Local leaders said they would mobilise the Maasai to return to the Serengeti plains, where they originally lived before they were relocated to Loliondo by British colonialists. The area under dispute is part of a migration route for wild animals moving to and from the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. For more information, see

http://community.co.tz/2013/04/08/tanzania-government-proclaim-about-loliondo-epic/

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/news/5-political-news/30341-a-front-united-ccm-chadema-speak-out-against-govts-plans-to-divvy-up-loliondo

Posted on 16 May 2013 in News, Pastoralism, Policy & Power, Pastoralist Livelihoods & Nutrition