Maasai protest land grab

Oct 12th, 2006, 04:31 PM
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Maasai protest land grab

Does anyone know which camp in the Mara this article is referring to -- ?
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Oct 13th, 2006, 01:49 AM
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I don't... but I'd like to too.
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Oct 13th, 2006, 05:38 PM
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bump...Anyone have any news on this?
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Oct 13th, 2006, 07:35 PM
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I txt'd my Maasai partner who lives near Musiara Gate and he confirmed some protests (there may have been more than one) and some camps involved.

It is a very complex problem. My friend spent a few days in jail recently for not moving one of his manyattas according to some busted agreement.

Some camps are apparently not fulfilling their promises of revenue sharing, others are constructing permanent structures instead of seasonal camps as per contract, thereby taking 100% usage of the land instead of 60% and so on, and so on.

I have a lot of respect for the Maasai of the greater Masai Mara and I hope they will eventually work things out. But there is such an influx of new camps that I am worried for the future.

Since I am an outsider with one-sided inside information I don't think it is fair to publicly list the names of the camps in the midst of some disagreements. I am not educated enough in the issues to take sides, apart from providing emotional support to my Maasai friend and his families.
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Oct 14th, 2006, 05:07 AM
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Eban, thanks for the information. I respect and understand your position. We leave in about a week for Rekero Tented Camp and then Il Moran, so I was curious. I too hope things work out in the Mara such that everyone, present and future, can benefit from this very special place.
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Oct 14th, 2006, 05:20 AM
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As far as I know the two camps you mentioned are not part of any dispute since they are well inside the protected Mara proper!

Have a great trip - both properties are great!
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Oct 14th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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It's almost impossible to find information about this kind of thing. To make things worse, now everything in the Daily Nation archives is “premium content” that you have to pay for. I'm very curious to hear more about Eben's one-sided information. I don't think it's unfair to list the camps if you emphasize that the info is one-sided. Using Google there's massive information that all lodges and camps, besides being incredibly environmentally friendly, have exemplary community relations. In 2003 Parselelo Kantai wrote an investigative article called “A Deal in the Mara”, but it's impossible to find.
This is the only thing I can find and it's quite confusing.

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Oct 14th, 2006, 08:00 AM
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I'll keep an eye open in Standard and Nation over next few weeks. If I spot anything I'll report back. But I only tend to skim read over the articles so may miss.

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Oct 14th, 2006, 05:35 PM
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Thank you for all of your research and comments on this very unfortunate situation.
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