We have been informed by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) that the East African Court of Justice has agreed to hear and determine a Reference filed by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) demanding Tanzanian Government to stop the construction of 800km road across Serengeti National Park. Justice John Mkwawa delivered the much awaited EAC Court judgment that dismissed Tanzanian's government objections to the application filed by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (Anaw).
However, Tanzanian Attorney General who objected EAC Court jurisdiction arguing the country has sovereign right to develop infrastructure within its boundaries has indicated that Tanzania Government will appeal against this rulling.
Dismissing the objection, the judge agreed with Anaw lawyer Saitabao ole Kanchory that whereas Tanzanian government has a right to develop infrastructure, the court has the power to determine whether such developments were within the law. He observed that case was rightfully before the court and will proceed to full hearing.
Anaw moved to the regional court on December 10, 2010 to stop the project on grounds that the road would harm the park's ecology. It argues that construction of the road across Serengeti- Tanzanians largest National Park, also bordering Kenya's Maasai-Mara Game Reserve, infringes Articles 5, 89,111, 112,114 and 116 of EAC Treaty.
TATO and other parties objecting the construction of the said road anxiously await the decision of this matter.
We shall keep you posted on any new developments.
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