Pictures of badly mutilated villagers have been making rounds in social media platforms in Tanzania, for over two days consecutively.
The related posts going viral online are to the effect that, the mostly Maasai Pastoralists in the Tanzania’s Game Controlled Area are being attacked by security forces seeking to evict them from their customary land.
Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa was quoted by state-run media refuting reports of chaos.
Loliondo is one of the three divisions making up the Ngorongoro District, in Arusha Region. Others are Sale and Ngorongoro Division.
On Saturday, the Arusha Regional Commissioner, John Mongella, reported that one person, a police officer, has been killed in the ongoing scuffle at the Loliondo Game Controlled Area.
Onesmo Ole Ngurumwa, the National Coordinator for the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC), posted on his twitter account that, eight community leaders in Loliondo are missing.
The Management of Wasso Hospital of Loliondo states that, so far no single injured person has reported at the medical facility for treatment, in some ways refuting the presence of wounded villagers in the location.
Two opposition parties, the ACT Wazalendo and Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo have released statements condemning the situation in Loliondo.
A few religious leaders, have also been speaking up against the developments.
The chaos started with the recent exercise to plant demarcating beacons to separate 1500 square kilometers of land, in Loliondo, reportedly for conservation, against human activities.