TANZANIA TO CONTINUE FIGHTING POACHERS, SAYS NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER

DODOMA, TANZANIA-- The Tanzanian government will continue to wage its battle against poaching and smuggling of forestry products and will take legal measures against government officials who are behind such illegal activities, says the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamis Kigwangalla.

Addressing the 25th Ministry staff meeting in the Tanzanian capital, Dodoma, on Monday, held to to draw new ideas and to deliberate on issues facing the Ministry, the Minister said reports showed that some dishonest staff of the ministry were conniving with criminals to commit such crimes.

It ranges from smuggling of logs to poaching. .. we have information that some officials within the ministry are helping criminals commit the offences. We will clean up the place of all those working with criminals," he added.

The minister said these offences were causing huge losses in government revenues and he stressed that only commitment to observing rules and procedures by officials in the ministry would help to end poaching and smuggling and trafficking of wildlife trafficking.

Such efforts, he added, would begin to yield results in terms of increased tourist arrivals and hence more bigger tourism earnings. Tanzania recorded 1.2 million arrivals in 2016, which brought in 2.1 billion US dollars in foreign exchange and the numbers rose further to 1.3 million tourists and earnings of 2.2 billion USD last year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK