Dubbed Zinj Tower and unveiled by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday, it is an edifice comprising of high-pillar topped with two giant sculptured skulls.
It has been built in honour of the Zinjanthropus Boisei, the skull of the earliest man, believed to have lived in Olduvai Gorge nearly two million years ago.
“I want this Zinj Tower enclosed to shelter people who visit this edifice, because there are strong winds,” the premier said. The structure is strategically placed along the road connecting Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Loliondo and Olduvai, which implies that it is now going to be a favourite stop-over site for visitors.
“We are now making the first global announcement that every human being walking on earth today originated from Tanzania which means all people on earth are ‘Tanzanians by nature!’ said Majaliwa.
Gracing the climax of the 60th Anniversary of the discovery of the rare skull of ‘Nutracker Man,’ the premier also inaugurated the Leakeys Museum, the working station which Dr Mary Leakey and her husband and fellow scientist Louis operated from since they started their research work in 1931.
Dr Mary Leakey discovered the ‘Zinjanthropus Skull’ in July 1959.
“Tanzania is also credited with preserving these rare findings as well as officially approved documents and data for the benefit of mankind,” the premier further noted.
The government in association with scientists around the world are working to find better ways of preserving the other sets of Laetoli footprints said to date back nearly four million years ago, told the gathering.
The ‘Zinj’ skull is globally acclaimed proof that the origins of mankind can be traced in Africa, but especially in Tanzania and specifically in the northern parts of the country, mapped within Olduvai, Laetoli and Natron Plains of Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Khamis Kigwangalla said the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, known for its ‘cradle of mankind’ status, is being challenged by increasing population.
The NCAA had only 8000 native residents when it got established in 1959 but now the area is staggering under the weight of 100,000 Maasai pastoralists with their thousands of cattle, goats and sheep.
Earlier on the Commissioner Conservator at Ngorongoro, Dr Fred Manongi, said NCAA spends over 8 billion/- annually to cater for the needs of the pastoralist population.