Leave herders alone, EA court tells Tanzania


By PATTY MAGUBIRA
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The East African Court of Justice has ordered the Tanzanian government to stop evicting Maasai pastoralists in Ngorongoro district, pending a decision of the main case filed at the regional court.

The court noted the four villages the pastoralists occupy — Ololosokwan, Oloirien, Kirtalo and Arash — were all legally registered, but the Tanzania government re-mapped them in a bid to change their boundaries.

In August 2017, the government ordered the pastoralists to move their cattle out of the 1,500 square-kilometre Wildlife Conservation Area bordering Serengeti National Park. But the Arusha-based court has ordered Dar to stop arresting and prosecuting herders and destroying their homesteads or confiscating their livestock.

EACJ judges Monica Mugenyi,…

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