By Rose Athumani
Clerics have proposed a mechanism that will enable all stakeholders to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in the effort to end poaching and wanton and massive harvesting of forest resources.
They have praised the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki, for his relentless effort to combat poaching, urging him to go ahead without let or hindrance.
"We know that you are putting your life in danger because of the interests of a few people who are being threatened by the anti-poaching endeavour. We are praying for you, asking God to protect you so that you can continue to protect his creation in the wilderness," Bishop Dr Stephen Munga of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania said.
Bishop Munga said the clerics, drawn from various faiths and denominations, have noted with concern the extent at which the wildlife population, especially elephants, is rapidly dwindling and the high rate at which forest resources, such as trees, are being harvested for timber.
He said different studies have shown the extent of destruction both of forests resources and wildlife, noting that it is time that every stakeholders works with the ministry to ensure the trend is reserved and both wildlife and forest resources are protected from a few greedy people.
The Dar es Salaam Regional Sheikh, Alhad Mussa Salum, said the ministry has done exceptionally well in the war against poaching and plunder of forests. Sheikh Salum agreed that religious leaders have a special role to play in assisting the government in the anti poaching campaign as well as ensuring that forest resources are protected through educating the public in churches and mosques.
The Head of Mennonite Church in Tanzania, Bishop Stephen Mang'ana, said Ambassador Kagasheki is among the few leaders in the country who can stand firm in fighting for public interests. More....