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RC orders eviction of pastoralists

26th March 2012
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Tanga regional commissioner Chiku Gallawa

Tanga regional commissioner Chiku Gallawa has directed Handeni district commissioner Seif Mpembenwe to relocate pastoralists who have reportedly invaded various parts of the district with flocks of livestock without following procedures.

She said the invasion should be monitored and controlled as soon as practicable because failure to do that, the influx of livestock would cause environmental degradation in the region.

The RC issued the order recently at Kwengoma village in Handeni district where she found a large flock of livestock as she was inspecting infrastructure development projects.

She said the village was small, so that there must be a good system of utilising limited resources available, including land, by monitoring movement of people, particularly livestock keepers moving in with big numbers of flocks of cattle.

Gallawa issued the order in response to complaints by villagers who had reported to her that uncontrolled influx of pastoralists crossing boarders into the district with huge cattle flocks was threatening the environment and peace.

The villagers claimed that their village lacked land for accommodating huge flocks of cattle as well as supporting the same by giving them enough food and water.

“I would like to direct you district commissioner to make sure that you identify the invaders so that they can be evicted from the village...we cannot keep quiet while people are coming in without notice...there are procedures one should follow before shifting from one district to another,” stressed Gallawa.

During the tour, the regional commissioner inspected a big water project known as the Handeni Trunk Main water project which supplies water to the two districts of Handeni and Korogwe in Tanga region.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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