Earlier this month eTN referred to reports by British media about Tanzania ordering 40,000 Maasai tribesmen to leave their homeland after going back on their promise not to turn their land into a tourism hunting ground for the Dubai royal family.
Today, Tanzania refuted claims to evict 40,000 Maasai from their land in Ngorongoro. The government of the United Republic of Tanzania stated in a press release it has never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land.
The statement by Tanzania reads: “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. 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 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.
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land, Natural Resource, and Environment are due to visit the Loliondo area to bear witness to the government position and speak directly to the Maasai people. The Minister, Lazaro Nyalandu, will also be leading a team of government officials and media houses to visit Ngorongoro in the next few days.