Starting November 2012 to this moment, the people of Ololosokwan have not had a pint of peace. With Tanzania National Parks pushing to extend its boundary into the village land with help from Ministry of Lands and now the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism determined to reduce the village by 70% who can possibly sleep?
Our fears have been confirmed that the government is determined to establish a wildlife corridor on our villages land, a move that will produce landless people, bring permanent impoverishment of the Maasai people.
I do not entirely blame the Tanzanian government alone for this culture of moving and evicting the Maasai people off their lands. They have inherited from the British since 1959.
And now our streets are not peaceful, the people have despaired and are angry at anything and anybody! They want to resist this dangerous move by the government. We all do! How? I must ask!
What is even shocking is the reason behind. The government claims that it needs to ensure conservation and because the people cannot provide assurances to this end, the government must. We know that the government is looking enriching itself from the lucrative tourism industry which is increasing at a greater pace: from hunting to photographic.
We have become increasingly in agreement that we must demand to return to Serengeti – the land of our fathers, our ancestral land. That is where we will rest forever in peace.