By Mussa Juma, Zephania Ubwani
Other reports say eight pastoralists from Orbomba Village in Longido District have not been seen since they were arrested last week.
The anti-poaching campaign in the country has come under sharp criticism following reports of widespread human rights abuses, including the killing of a woman believed to have died at the hands of officers of the anti-poaching unit--which is comprised of the police, the army and intelligence officers.
Emaliana Gasper Maro, 46, is reported to have been snatched from her house by people who identified themselves as anti-poachers. They said they wanted to question the resident of Galapo in Babati, Mara Region. This came only a few days after they reportedly grabbed her husband, Elias Kibuga, 56. Mr Kibuga has not been seen since but Emiliana’s body was found at Mrara hospital mortuary in Babati. Scores others are missing. The officers are also said to have burnt houses and are reported to be holding large herds belonging to pastoralists in Arusha region. The government has reportedly been urged to stop the exercise and ensure that lives and property are respected.
Yesterday, the government came under attack from MPs in Parliament over claims of widespread abuse of human rights.
The Manyara region police commander, Mr Akili Mpwapwa, confirmed the reports but said an ongoing investigation would unearth the truth. “I have received reports of the death of Emaliana and the investigations have started,” Mr Mpwapwa said.
The results of a post-mortem that was jointly carried out by the police and the family doctor have not been made public.
A total of 27 pastoralists and 2,169 livestock are being held by the anti-poaching unit, according to the coordinator of the Tanzania Pastoralist Community Forum, Mr Joseph ole Parsambei. More....