Tanzania refutes claims of evicting 40 000 Maasai from Ngorongoro
28 November 2014, 15:19
Dar Es Salaam - The government of United Republic of Tanzania has said it never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land as falsely reported by the media in recent days.
The information circulated through the media outlets globally was misleading, malicious and meant to tarnish the image of our country and her international standing, the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu said.
Nyalandu added that the claims that 40,000 Maasai were being evicted are false, unfounded and baseless.
He also rubbished reports that the land in question is being sold to a wealthy Middle Eastern family as a total fabrication, which is in contrary to the Tanzanian law.
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In a press release, the Minister revealed plans by Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land, Natural Resource, and Environment to visit the Loliondo area to bear witness to the government position and speak to the Maasai people.
Nyalandu is also expected to lead a team of government officials and Media Houses to visit Ngorongoro in the next few days.
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