By Wolfgang H. Thome
In news just in has the Tourism Confederation of Tanzania, the apex body of all tourism sectoral associations, issued a statement in regard of plans by the Tanzanian government to halt the current anti poaching operation due to concerns over human rights abuses and misdirected focus and instead intensify the campaign and not give the commercial poaching syndicates a break which can be used to kill yet more elephant.
This has been reported here in length already and while a level of misdirection was evident, as admitted also by President Jakaya Kikwete in his address to parliament last week, concerns have been expressed that this could have been engineered by powerful interests involved in poaching to gain time and regroup and reorganized themselves. The demand by the country’s tourism apex body is therefore not coming unexpected and it is anticipated that the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagesheki, will take that message on board when deciding on the way forward.
The full statement is shown here below:
Tourism Confederation of Tanzania (TCT), a tourism private sector body, has appealed to the government to reconsider its decision to suspend indefinitely the anti-poaching campaign, Operation Terminate (Operation Tokomeza) on grounds of human rights abuse and violation.
A statement issued by TCT in Arusha further beseeched the government to continue with the operation.
"It is the position of TCT that the suspension of the operation will only aggravate the situation by giving poachers and their sponsors more time to reorganize and plan for some new strategies that may have devastating effects on the remaining elephant herds in the wilderness," read part of the statement.
Tanzania's tourism strength, it said, emanates from its staggering range of wildlife, excellent species diversity, and evocative acacia and baobab studded landscapes which makes the country one of the greatest safari destination.
The Netherlands based "safaribookings.com's" research (2013) has concluded that Tanzania is the best Safari Destination in Africa. More....