Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda said the government will see the possibility of dividing the vast Ngorongoro District into either two administrative councils or two autonomous districts altogether.
Mr Pinda revealed the plan when addressing hundreds of residents of Digo-Digo and Mdito villages when he visited their locations in the Sale Division during the premier's tour of the Ngorongoro District.
"I have to admit, Ngorongoro is a very big district making it difficult for community services and administrative activities to be carried out effectively and timely," said Mr Pinda who recently went around all the three divisions of the district namely, Loliondo, Ngorongoro and Sale.
The Prime Minister was previously faced by several residents of Sale Division, most of them being from the Batemi (Sonjo) communities, who demanded that it was high time the government divided Ngorongoro because essential community services were not being accessed by those living in the remotest parts of the District.
The Batemi people maintained that they were the victims of 'Ngorongoro neglect,' claiming that being a minority group among the bigger Maasai community, Sonjos are always 'sidelined' and it was thus time for them to be given their own constituency.
"We want our own 'Batemi' constituency complete with a Sonjo Member of Parliament," the local residents waved the placards before the Prime Minister entourage.
The Area Member of Parliament, Mr Saning'o Ole Telele also agreed that indeed his constituency was 'too big' for him to cover it all and has always advocated for the formation of two constituencies.
"It is too early to think about a new constituency to represent just the Batemi," said Mr Pinda but pointed out that the government may instead split Ngorongoro into two councils for better administration and proper distribution of the national budget allocation.
Mr Pinda told them a constituency can only be formed in an area with at least 150,000 people. The Batemi claimed that their population was 30,000 but the Ngorongoro District Commissioner, Mr Elias Wawa-Lali pointed out that the 2012 Census placed their number at 15,000. The entire Ngorongoro District has a population of 175,000.
The Digo-Digo Ward Representative Mr Jackson Sandea said the Maasai were outnumbering Sonjos (Batemi) at the ratio of 9:1 and the only way that the latter could be heard was through forming their own constituency.
But the Prime Minister told them the least the state could do was to appoint a special seat Member of Parliament from the Batemi community while at the same time efforts to work on a new council are being put in place.