Target: Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete
Goal: Do not evict the Maasai people from their traditional land in favor of allowing a big game hunting corporation to move in.
Currently, a big game hunting corporation is looking to sign a deal with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete to buy land for wealthy Middle Eastern royal men to hunt lions and leopards. The land the corporation has its sights set upon is the traditional land of Africa’s well-known Maasai tribe. If the hunting corporation manages to convince the President to sell the land, up to 48,000 of the Maasai people could be forced to relocate.
This is not the first time the same big game hunting corporation evicted the Maasai from their land to open it up for rich hunters. Last time, President Kikwete agreed to sell the land for hunting. In order to relocate the Maasai tribe, police began beating people, burning their homes and killing their livestock. Fortunately, a big press controversy soon exploded, causing President Kikwete to quickly reverse his decision and return the Maasai to their rightful land.
Now, the deal is being discussed behind closed doors to avoid another press controversy, but if President Kikwete sees that the world is still watching, he could be pressured to stop any deal with the big game hunting corporation and refuse any attempt to change the land rights of the Maasai people against their will.
Sign the petition below to urge President Kikwete to stand by his people and refuse any attempts to relocate the Maasai tribe to make way for foreign hunters.
Dear President Jakaya Kikwete,
As a global citizen, I am writing to you to express my concern regarding the attempts to evict the Maasai tribe from their traditional land in order to appease the desires of wealthy Middle Eastern men.
As you recall, this is not the first time a big game hunting corporation has attempted to evict the Maasai off their land to open it up for rich hunters. Fortunately, you stood by your people and returned the Maasai to their rightful land. The international community expressed their approval of your decision and admiration of your loyalty.
Now, I hope you will continue to oppose any attempt to require the Maasai people to relocate in order to make way for foreign hunters. I hope you continue to recognize that is absolutely undemocratic to change the peoples’ land rights against their will.
I urge you to stop any deal with the hunting corporation and refuse any attempt to move the Maasai from their homes.
[Your Name Here]