Herders want State House meeting over land conflicts | Land Portal

AS President Samia Suluhu Hassan meets representative of various groups of Tanzanian society, herders have come out with a call that they should not be forgotten because they have longstanding pressing issues worthy of a presidential audience.

He said such a meeting will enable the president to recognize their plight including in being disregarded by political leaders who hand out wrong instructions to them as if livestock keeping activities have no contribution to the national economy.

Mahona cited other challenges faced by cattle keepers as including high levy charges in disregard
to the laws as well as confiscation of their animals, unmindful of the fact that they very much
depend on them for their survival, including educating their children.

For his part, a herder from Katavi Region, Kasundwa Wamarwa said there was need for TALA to
make sure they meet with President Samia to enable the government see the importance of
legally increasing grazing areas for them in various regions, “especially large regions.”

Wamarwa cited Katavi Region as a suitable example, a small region but 19 per cent of its area
has been allocated to human activities. Tabora Region is the country’s largest region but only five
per cent of its area is earmarked for human activities.

In regard to the need of an audience with the president, Hakiardhi Managing Director Cuthbert
Tomitho said herders have the right to meet with the Head of State to explain to her various
challenges they face, which for a long time have not been given a hearing.

TALA has trust in President Samia in her ability to find solutions to the challenges they face, as
well as on the frequent land conflicts, he said.

Rashid Msaka, a farmer from Kilwa District who participated in the forum, said land is supposed
to be utilised for the benefit of the people without prejudice against any group, pointing out that
herders seem to be more favoured than farmers whenever land conflicts arise.

Earlier, while opening the forum Permanent Secretary Mary Makondo said the government
continues to deal with land conflicts and other complaints in various ways, including the ‘Open
Up with the Minister’ programme.

 

 

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