Bugnaux (Switzerland), 5th February, 2015 Ref: Soliciting response to ICCA Consortium letter regarding attempted eviction of Uvinje community of Saadani Village, Pwani, northeast Tanzania Excellencies, We refer to our letter dated August 20, 2014, in which we expressed strong concerns regarding the threatened eviction of the Uvinje villagers from their ancestrally owned coastal land adjacent […]
A senator and three members of parliament were today arrested by Criminal Investigation officials in Nairobi after being required to write detailed accounts regarding a peaceful demonstration that turned ugly when police opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring scores of others in Narok County. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery–himself a Maasai–has said […]
1.0 INTRODUCTION The arrival of colonialists in Africa in the late 1800s and early 1900s ushered in new and devastating governance and economic systems that were not in tandem with the indigenous equivalents. This, from the advent of colonialism to date, has made the 100-year colonial history one that is characterized with the infringement of […]
“The biggest poverty that exists in the world is to lose your territory; we are not in our land and others are taking advantage of our wealth,” said Mahmoud Dellal, asked about the poverty in the refugee camps of Tindouf in Algeria, where he had spent more than 25 years of his life. He is […]
As evictions, burnings, arrests and beatings intensify, Dean Puckett reports from Embobut forest in the Cherangani Hills, Kenya. When Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, visited Kenya earlier this month, he reportedly urged the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to sort out Kenya’s historical land injustices once and for all, specifically mentioning the plight […]
The Maasai from Tanzania are one of Africa’s oldest tribes. 40,000 Maasai are still at risk of being evicted from their ancestral homelands so that wealthy tourists can use them for elite hunting safaris.
It may seem strange that the impending eviction of the people of the coastal fishing community of Uvinje is attracting outside attention. After all, the agency evicting them—the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)—is part of a powerful state apparatus built around international conservation tourism, an apparatus that expands its network of parks and game reserves […]
This Consortium alert involves Uvinje, a small, coastal sub-village of Saadani Village, north of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. The residents of Uvinje face forced eviction from their land and homes because the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) has redrawn its boundary lines and unilaterally gazetted Uvinje’s present and ancestral lands to extend the coverage […]
Introduction In this and a second upcoming article, using spatial, document and qualitative analyses[i], I will examine (using 1650 words) the spatial and institutional provisions leading to the creation of Saadani Game Reserve and later the national park, and the current status of alleged illegal habitation by Saadani villagers in their own ancestral lands. This […]
Geothermal energy, when compared to other sources of power generation like coal and oil, is generally considered to be environmentally friendly. While there are some negative environmental impacts to harnessing the Earth’s natural heat sources1,perhaps this is the reason the Kenya Government has embarked on a major exploratory process in the Rift Valley to harness […]
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