TANZANIAN PRESIDENT DECRIES INDISCRIMINATE FELLING OF TREES TO MAKE CHARCOAL

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania's President John Magufuli yesterday says Tanzanians are themselves to blame for the country's destruction as a result of environmental degradation as he decries the indiscriminate clearing of forests to make charcoal.

He directed Tanzania's District Executive Directors (DEDs) and District Commissioners (DCs) to take action but through observance of human dignity to curb the practice when he visited Kaliua district in eastern Tanzania's Tabora Region (Province), some 940 kilometres west of here over the weekened, shortly after he had inaugurated the 56-kilometre Kaliua-Kazilambwa road, which the Chinese contractor CHICO had completed.

The president condemned whom he described as "pseudo politicians" from his own CCM party who were bent on corrupting the people by allowing them to invade forests and clear some of the oldest and most unique species of trees just to make charcoal for the sake of getting votes", adding that in the process, "we are killing our own country.

Just imagine a 20-year-old man clearing a 150-year-old tree merely for charcoal and worse still, there is no replacement.

I must tell you the truth, this is not allowed, the president said.

He warned that should people be granted the freedom to destroy the environment, the country would be courting disaster, and soon Tanzanians would be forced to relocate to other countries like neighbours Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) because of an unsupportive environment at home.

He said even the world's first class honey from Tabora Region is at risk should the habit of clearing trees continue unabated, with water crisis likely to persist because of persistent drought brought on by environmental degradation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK