IN THE NEWS: Ethnic Sandawe now want govt to protect their culture

Sandawe ethnic group in central Tanzania Mainland have asked authorities to put in place measures that protect their environment, identity and culture citing economic activities by other communities that threaten their very survival.

The Sandawe who inhabit Chemba and Kondoa districts, in Dodoma Region, are predominantly a hunter-gatherer tribe who earn their living from the surrounding environment.

They said unlike in the past, their unique life and culture are at risk of disappearing owing to unabated invasion of their areas and degradation of the environment by ‘immigrants.’

The tribesmen were speaking this week during a community inception workshop on the state of land based investment and resource conflicts organized and conducted by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) at Kwamtoro Ward in the district.

IN THE NEWS: Govt intervention sought to end land conflict killings in Dodoma

Following a series of land conflict related killings in several villages in the new Nchemba District, Dodoma Region, villagers and leaders in the district are calling for immediate intervention from the central government.

The villagers of Farkwa, Ovada and Kwamtoro wards have since January this year, seen at least five people ruthlessly killed and more than ten seriously injured as a result of the land conflicts.

They were speaking at the community inception workshop on ‘The state of land based investment and resource conflicts’ organised and conducted by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) at Kwamtoro ward in the district.

Ovada ward councilor, Pius Majengo told participants from the three wards in the district that the killings occurred in different occasions at Handa and Lahoda villages in Lalta ward, and Bubutole village in Farkwa ward.

TNRF supported participation of grass-roots forest private sector initiatives and Media representatives during MJUMITA and MCDI Stakeholders’ Annual fora



IN THE NEWS: Why Pawaga residents marred by land conflicts

Pawaga division is one of six divisions in Iringa District Council (IDC) in Iringa Region. In recent years, the division which has a total area of 684.3 square kilometre with 12 villages and 60 harmlets has been marred by several conflicts.

These conflicts prompted the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) to conduct a baseline study on the impacts of land-based investment to rural communities in Tanzania. Our columnist GERALD KITABU who has just arrived from Pawaga interviewed Programmes Coordinator for Land based investments for TNRF, who is also a lawyer, Godfrey Eliseus Massay on the findings.


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