Ngorongoro eviction victims now pondering court option

Friday September 1 2017

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) national coordinator, Onesmo Olengurumwa during press conference in Dar es Salaam after Loliondo Ward communities in Ngorongoro District, Arusha regional read their statement to the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to ask him to help the ongoing eviction of the community’s family from the area. Left is the Loliondo Ward Women Representative, Pirias Maingo. PHOTO |SALIM SHAO 

By Louis Kolumbia @Collouis1999 lkolumbia@tz.nationmedia.com

Dar es Salaam. Residents from 14 villages in Ngorongoro are considering going to court to challenge their eviction in Loliondo division.

The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) national coordinator, Onesmo Olengurumwa told The Citizen in a telephone interview that the residents were consulting their lawyer before moving to the court to challenge the ongoing eviction.

According to Mr Olengurumwa, who is the victims’ legal adviser, the villagers have already held a meeting with the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRGG) to express their concerns.

The villagers, who face evictions are from Arash, Texambu, Lolosokoni, Kiritaro, Oleipiri, Maloni, Oleirini, Piaya, Oleseki and Losoito.

The government issued a public notice on August 5, this year demanding the residents to vacate their houses.

But, yesterday a delegation of representatives from Ngorongoro told a press conference that justice was not accorded to the 14 villages, seeking Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa’s intervention.

Describing the agony facing the residents, they said 19 people have been arrested as of Wednesday and 11 others seriously injured by rangers who are accused of using live bullets in the operation and that over 5,800 households have been vandalized, leaving more than 20,000 people homeless.

“About 1,200 livestock have been seized by the authorities, some have died of hunger and congestion while over 133 heads of cattle and 281 sheep and goats are nowhere to be found,” said Mr Kipilangati Kaura.

Advertisement