It is believed that the Court glossed over crucial evidence and failed to hold the Tanzanian government accountable
BY FAITH MUTELEU
Maa Unity Agenda (MUA), a lobby outfit formed in 2018 to spearhead a unity of purpose in the larger Maa region, has called upon “all Maasai of Kenya” to a mass protest in Nairobi tomorrow.
“In solidarity with our Tanzanian brothers, MUA in partnership with Tanzanian Maasai Refugees in Kenya and the Kenya Human Rights Commission will have a media press conference tomorrow, Monday the 3rd of October 2022 at 11.00 Am at the Kenya Human Rights Commission’s offices at Valley Arcade, Nairobi,” the outfit said through a press release.
The agenda, according to the press release, would be to voice displeasure with the ruling by the Arusha-based East African Court of Justice (EACJ), that has acquitted the government of forceful evictions of indigenous Maasai community, in Loliondo in the Northern district of Ngorongoro, to pave way for safaris and hunting expeditions.
It is believed that the Court glossed over crucial evidence and failed to hold the Tanzanian government accountable for blatant abuse of human rights of the section of the Maasai.
“Instead of ensuring the rule of law, EACJ has sent a clear signal to governments in the region that they can trample on indigenous rights in favor of foreign investors without consequence,” says a US-based Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank.
Jonathan ole Pasha, the outfits National Coordinator, who had hit both local and international media limelight, in June, for leading a protest against the evictions, now calls “all Maasai of Kenya” to avail themselves, at the Nairobi offices tomorrow, clad with the red Maasai outfit, to “show the world that we are a United Maasai Nation.”