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Dangerous Divisions and Insane Incitement

Updates in the Fight against Loliondo Land Threats

The Jamhuri continues inciting against the people of Loliondo – and is joined by other media outlets. There have been “investor-friendly” meetings and meetings denouncing this. Minister Nyalandu made pointless visits. Some hearings and then postponement in the case against Thomson Safaris. Activists are being threatened. The MP continues showing off his uselessness. Maybe a change for the better is on the way?

More… Feb 05, 2015

Tanzania refute claims to evict 40,000 Maasai from their land in Ngorongoro

According to a Press Release issued by the APO The Government of Tanzania has never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land

More… Nov 29, 2014

Loliondo - Setting the record straight

The Nyalandu-Style Loliondo Land Grab Attempt Almost Becomes World News.

The renewed 1,500km2 grab attempt finally was reported about by the press, but in a distorted way. One Tanzanian newspaper is inciting the public against the people of Loliondo. The same paper published a letter by the councillor for Oloipiri supporting Thomson Safaris and OBC. Minister Nyalandu denies everything and talks about other things. The delegation from Loliondo failed to meet the Prime Minister.

More… Nov 23, 2014

Biocultural community protocols and the future of conservation

To appreciate the momentousness of the Khoe protocol, it would be important to put it in the context of the larger law and policy debates around biodiversity conservation and community rights.

More… Sep 09, 2014

A Model for Community-Based tourism Through Violence and Dispossession

An update from Susanna Nordlund's blog - More About Thomson Safaris’ “Enashiva” in Loliondo - In memory of Moringe ole Parkipuny, sadly missed for one year now.

There have been some meetings. In a meeting with the District Commissioner an agreement was made that cows and herders will no longer be harassed on the occupied land, but will graze freely. What happened when Olunjai Timan was shot because of Thomson Safaris’ occupation of Maasai land. And a reminder of what the “philanthropic” land grabber has been doing during these years.

More… Jul 24, 2014

Herder Shot Because of the “Philanthropic” Thomson Safaris – and Other Loliondo Land Threat News

Olonjai Timan was shot by a policeman working for Thomson Safaris. I’m having problems getting updates about the cases against herders accused by Thomson, but am waiting to hear a sentence today (11th July). I’m also having problems getting updates about OBC.

More… Jul 12, 2014

The View from the Termite Mound - Another Delayed Update About the Land Grabbers of Loliondo – or who is a Kenyan?

This blog post is unnecessarily delayed for the usual reasons, but I’ve got some information that I can share.

There’s talk about a security and intelligence camp in Loliondo. An NGO staff member was “accused” of being “Kenyan”. In April the Boston Globe published a biased article about Thomson Safaris’ land grab. It’s being looked into how the District Council could get out of the court case. And Thomson Safaris again physically and judicially attack the people whose land they have taken.

More… Jun 16, 2014

Uvinje Village & Saadani National Park, Tanzania

Saadani was initially a game reserve created in the 1960s, partly at the behest of local residents concerned over seeing outsiders come in and indiscriminately kill wildlife. Saadani village contributed land for the reserve. However, when the game reserve became a national park records of the boundaries became scarce. Recent research seems to have done a thorough job of confirming the claims by local residents that the Tanzania National Parks Authority has arbitrarily redrawn park boundaries to snap up additional village land. Now they are ready to evict residents of Uvinje Sub-village.

More… Jun 11, 2014