PM: Shifting to Msomera won’t hinder any activities

24Jun 2022
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
PM: Shifting to Msomera won’t hinder any activities

NGORONGORO residents voluntarily shifting to Msomera village in Handeni district of Tanga region will not stop any of their activities, but will continue with their pastoralist activities in better surroundings.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa pictured yesterday bidding farewell to 117 people from 27 households who were voluntarily moving from Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Arusha Region to live at Msomera village in Handeni District. Behind him is Arusha regional commissioner John Mongella. Photo PMO

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa issued this assurance yesterday while seeing off Ngorongoro residents moving to Msomera to pave the way for the reinforcement of conservation activities in the area.

Moving to the new location is described as Phase II of the exercise, with the premier stopping for a while at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) head offices in Arusha, also seeing off 127 residents from 27 wards,.

He praised their decision to take up the offer to shift, assuring them of government cooperation after accepting to move to pave the way for conservation activities. It was the right decision and none of their activities will cease, he declared.

Urging them to listen to their government led by President Samia Suluhu Hassan and ignores distraction views, he said they are free and should go there and stay in peace.

Dr Christopher Timbuka, the NCAA chief conservator, said the second phase of the exercise started early this week, involving 27 households with 127 people and 488 livestock, noting that members of one household opted to shift to Karatu.

So far 48 households with 233 people, holding 899 livestock, have shifted to Msomera in the first and second phases of the exercise, he said, noting that apart from providing them with houses, compensation and farms, all households will be given two sacks of maize for use during the three-month transition period to the next farming season.

Emmanuel Saitoti, who was living at Nainokanona village, thanked the government for the consideration granted to them, noting that apart from the new houses at Msomera, they will also get opportunities for various economic activities.

“We must thank the government for all this. We have received title deeds for the houses and farms as well monetary compensation. I suggest that the government continue to encourage other residents in Ngorongoro to shift as the place lacks development opportunities,” he added.

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