While the government, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is waging war against poaching an investigation conducted in Arusha Region recently, especially in Longido District, shows that wildlife officials are likely to be key facilitators of the crime.
Roughly between five and ten jumbos are killed in the Lake Natron Game Controlled Area in Longido district, Arusha Region, everyday according to an investigation by this reporter.
The recent escalation of jumbo killing results from collusion between poachers and district officials, even wildlife officers expected to be custodians of the national heritage, sources said.
However, The Guardian on Sunday could not independently verify some of the claims.
However, Longido residents say wildlife officials in the district have illegally granted hunting licenses to individuals, allowing them to poach during the night.
Though hunting licenses are granted at the ministry’s headquarters only by the Director of Wildlife Division, holders of the same have been using them to shoot animals at will.
It was reliably learnt that there are cases of legitimate holders of tourist hunting licenses giving the documents to other individuals to enter the game reserves and other protected areas to kill animals.
In Lake Natron area residents told this paper that they often tipped off wildlife officers on the poaching acts but the latter took no measures to stop the illegal activity.
Engarnaibor village resident in the district Lameck Ole Moent claimed they have been giving tip offs to one wildlife officer (name withheld) on poaching but failed to do anything about it. The said they suspected him of being an accomplice in the illegal business. More....