By Alvar Mwakyusa
Efforts to fight poaching of wild animals are there to stay as respective institutions continue to train and hire more game warders.
The good news came just a few days after suspension of the countrywide 'Operation Tokomeza' to crackdown on poachers. The operation was suspended following reports that some people had their rights violated during the exercise.
"Fighting poaching is a cross-cutting issue which involves various state organs and we will not rest until the malpractice is checked," the Director General of Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), Mr Allan Kijazi, said in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
He made the remarks while addressing journalists at the Tanzania Information Services (Maelezo) auditorium on various activities undertaken by his authority to promote tourism and protect wild animals.
According to Kijazi, elephants and rhinos are among wild animals whose horns are highly sought for by poachers. The haul is usually smuggled out of the country to Asian countries or elsewhere.
"As we speak we have two units which are highly trained to deal with poaching in our national parks and game reserves. We also work closely with communities around the parks as a measure of bolstering security," Mr Kijazi said.
On the other hand, Mr Kijazi said that local tourists account for between five and 10 per cent of all tourists visiting national parks and other areas in the country.
The TANAPA boss explained further that last year, the country received some 950,000 tourists at its wildlife sanctuaries out of whom between 200,000 and 250,000 were locals. More....