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Tanzania: Maasai group in danger of losing land looks like to keep it after president's Tweet

  • FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, a Maasai tribesman dances at a village on the outskirts of the Serengeti, in northern Tanzania. A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park looks likely to keep their traditional homeland after the country's president Jakaya Kikwete said on Twitter on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 that the government would not take their land. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, a Maasai tribesman dances at a village on the outskirts of the Serengeti, in northern Tanzania. A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park looks likely to keep their traditional homeland after the country's president Jakaya Kikwete said on Twitter on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 that the government would not take their land. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, Maasai tribeswomen gather at a village on the outskirts of the Serengeti, in northern Tanzania. A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park looks likely to keep their traditional homeland after the country's president Jakaya Kikwete said on Twitter on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 that the government would not take their land. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, Maasai tribeswomen gather at a village on the outskirts of the Serengeti, in northern Tanzania. A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park looks likely to keep their traditional homeland after the country's president Jakaya Kikwete said on Twitter on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 that the government would not take their land. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park looks likely to keep their traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land.

President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never has been and never will be any government plan to evict the Maasai.

The advocacy group Avaaz has publicized the case of the Maasai land, near the town of Loliondo, making it a global cause that mobilized more than 2.3 million people to sign an Internet petition.

Avaaz said Monday that the there was an attempt last year to evict 40,000 Maasai from Loliondo to allow a United Arab Emirates company to open a game-hunting business. Avaaz said the government evicted some Maasai communities in 2009 for such a plan.