Tanzania has decided to act against TSWT who have shown solidarity with the Tanzanian Maasai who are currently displaced from the country’s northern border.
An TSWT report quotes Tanzania’s commissioner-general for immigration, Anna Makakala, as signaling that Tanzania will crack down and possibly deport TSWT – especially those who have camped in the Loliondo area.
Makakala said Tanzania had said it would crack down on “illegal immigrants” in the northeast region of Loliondo. The Tanzanian government has alleged that some TSWT, particularly the Maasai, were supporting their Tanzanian relatives in the standoff which sparked international outrage.
Tanzania’s Maasai community counts its losses following eviction orders
“Following the directives of () the Minister of Interior, we will carry out a special operation for 10 days against illegal immigrants around Loliondo and in the whole district of Ngorongoro,” Makakala said.
The Maasai of Loliondo in Tanzania have accused their government of trying to evict them from their land in order to organize safaris and hunting expeditions.
Tanzanian Interior Minister Hamad Masauni has warned that strict measures will be taken to curb the influx of illegal immigrants into the region.
He said illegal immigrants drive their herds of cattle, goats and sheep into the Loliondo game control area.
The Maasai of Loliondo have accused the government of trying to force them off their land in order to boost tourism in this area.
However, the Tanzanian government denied the charges and said it wanted to protect 1,500 square kilometers of land from human activity.
Protests have emerged against the evictions and Kenya has been surrounded due to the closeness and relationship between the Maasai community in the two countries.
A number of Kenyan Maasai community leaders have condemned President Samia Suluhu’s regime for the evictions and threatened to go to the International Criminal Court over the matter.
“We also have information that the Tanzanian government has granted a permit to the UAE government through the Safari Company Tele Business Cooperation without considering the rights of the Maasai community who are the original owners of the land,” said Narok gubernatorial candidate Moitalel. Ole Kenta said.
Following misinformation regarding the eviction of the Maasai community of Loliondo near the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the National Police Service (NPS) has decided to respond to rumors circulating on social media.
Police have branded a fake letter alleging Kenyan pastoralists were staging protests in the neighboring country to pressure Dar es Salaam to release livestock confiscated from them.
National Police Service (NPS) Headquarters, Vigilance House
The NPS said the letter did not reflect the true position of the police or the country, nor did it come from the service.
According to the fake letter which claimed to bear the signature of Nairobi regional commander Augustine Nthumbi, TSWT were protesting in Tanzania to pressure President Samia Suluhu Hassan to act immediately and order the release of Kenyan cattle.