The long wait for a verdict by the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, pronouncing itself on the application to hand the Tanzanian government a permanent injunction to stop them from building a highway or any sorts across the Serengeti, is drawing to an end. Sources in Arusha have confirmed that notice has been served on the plaintiff and the defendant, and that the court will announce its decision on June 20 of this year.
The Tanzanian government had tried in vain to have the case thrown out of court, and when failing in the first instance, then moved to the appeals division of the East African Court of Justice where they again lost, having a panel of judges hear the application and then decide the fate of the Serengeti which is tied closely to the outcome of this case.
Conservationists are now looking forward to the decision, and while no one can presently predict the outcome, they are hopeful that plans to build a highway can be stopped. For more information about the case, also visit the Save the Serengeti website via www.savetheserengeti.org
Meanwhile, the Tanzania Tourist Board will soon launch their new mobile app, “Destination Tanzania,” which can be downloaded for free from the Apple store for iPads and iPhones but is also available for Android smartphones and tablets.