More households leave Ngorongoro

01Jul 2022
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
More households leave Ngorongoro
  • *As PM Majaliwa spoke, 25 households were embarking on their journey

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said the voluntary relocation of people from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) was proceeding well with 293 households harbouring 1,497 people agreeing to move and restart at Msomera area in Handeni District, Tanga Region.

This follows accords between conservation agencies, the residents and regional authorities in meetings held in Loliondo and Ngorongoro divisions, that the premier closely followed.

Adjourning the marathon Budget session of the National Assembly yesterday, premier Majaliwa said the households are being provided with food for three months, with allowance to cover their needs, and a supply of mattresses.

 “Today, June 30, a total of 25 households of 105 people are on their way to Msomera, moving with their livestock, and others will continue to arrive in phases,” he told an enthusiastic chamber.

He said the objective of this operation from the outset was to ensure that those being settled here will find better standards of social services.

He said that 103 houses have been already constructed and 400 more houses are in various stages of construction so as to ensure that all the residents are well accommodated.

Building residential houses and putting up other services in the new area was apace, each house having three acres of land. Pasture areas have been set aside along with cattle dips, farming areas and adequate water sources, he stated.

There is also a primary school and a secondary school, a dispensary and supporting infrastructure to ensure that the families start conducting income generating activities upon arrival, he elaborated.

The government was covering costs of the ongoing relocation exercise, sending buses and trucks to carry people and their belongings, compensating the residents for houses they are leaving in Ngorongoro, he said.

A rapid rise in the population in the conservation area, environmental degradation arising from large numbers of livestock was threatening sustainability of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, demanding that relocation be conducted, he explained.

Relocating the residents is coupled by rolling out social and economic opportunities that lacked in the conservation area they left, he emphasised.

Voluntary relocation was gathering pace as local leaders and groups of women and youth meet with senior government officials to explain income generating activities, improving farming and livestock keeping opportunities in the new area, he added.

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