By Apolinari Tairo
There are signs that senior officials within the Tanzanian government, including unscrupulous security officers, are behind elephant poaching and trade on bloody ivory.
Members of Tanzania’s Parliamentary Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment have pointed a finger to senior government officials from key departments responsible for wildlife conservation and security officers for taking party in illegal poaching of African elephant and trade on bloody ivory.
Chairman of the Committee Mr. James Lembeli had this week expressed his Committee’s outcry to the government of Tanzania over the sharp rise of jumbo and rhino killing, but little action has been implemented other than promises from the minister responsible for wildlife protection and conservation.
He said senior officials from the government of Tanzania are benefiting directly from wildlife poaching, that is why anti-poaching campaigns fail to curb elephant and rhino killing, also illegal trade on live animals.
His committee raised serious questions to the government of Tanzania over its position in fighting killing of elephant and rhino, which poachers use high-caliber guns to gun them down, while others apply poisoned fruits to kill the African elephant.
Tanzania, an elephant slaughter house, is so far losing rapidly its elephant population as poaching continues unabated. The committee pointed an accusing finger to a section of military and senior police officers for running poaching and illegal trade on bloody ivory. More....