Morogoro — MOROGORO District officials have ordered all illegal pastoralists to vacate the area with their livestock because they have caused unending land conflicts with farmers.
Speaking to reporters in Morogoro town, Morogoro District Commissioner Mr Said Amanzi said the government has been too tolerant to pastoralists for long time, but effects of their livestock on the environment can no longer be tolerated. "We have given them a week to vacate the area," he said.
He added that though every Tanzanian has a right to live anywhere in the country, when one shifts with livestock there are some procedures to follow before permission is granted.
He said District Security Committee and other stakeholders will start the operation of evicting illegal pastoralists from Bwakila, Mvua, Ngerengere and Mikese on October 1, this year.
Apart from causing conflict with farmers, said Mr Amanzi, the pastoralists and their livestock have invaded Selous Game Reserve, prompting wild animals to leave their natural habitat and wander in neighbouring villages and sometimes attack villagers.
Mr Amanzi directed the pastoralists to use trucks to transport their livestock. Some of the pastoralists from the areas who did not want their names to be revealed have requested audience with the government so as to discuss the matter, noting that farmers refuse to accommodate them in areas not used for farming.