Third phase premier Frederick Sumaye has declared that poaching is being fueled by government officials colluding with poachers to commit illegal trafficking of government trophies.
Speaking at the eighth graduation ceremony of the Azania College of Management yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Sumaye claimed that corrupt government officials were behind intensive and organized illegal hunting in Tanzania’s protected areas.
He said top officials have been condoning corruption within their ranks, thus fueling the raging poaching menace in the country.
He stated that it’s no surprise to see containers filled with ivory because ranking officials secretly work with poachers to transport containers of illegal ivories outside the country.
Sumaye said the survival of the species is now at risk, endangering a priceless asset to humanity, the integrity of Tanzanian biodiversity and the national economy.
He asserted that the future of wildlife in Tanzania will depend on security measures put in place to ensure their survival by reporting those working behind closed doors.
At Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College, (TUDARCo), the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Rev. Dr. Alex Malasusa said they expect to introduce short courses in line with entrepreneurship skills, in a move to reduce dependency on employment.
Rev. Dr. Malasusa who is also the Chancellor of Tumaini University at Makumira (TUMA) said the plan will start being implemented next year to help a majority of Tanzanians to be self-employed.
“We want all people to have skills to run their own lives,” he told the gathering.
Another graduation ceremony at the University of Dar es Salaam saw the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Prof Rwekaza Mukandala cautioning the new granduands to use the knowledge they have acquired in order to lead better lives in the future.
Prof Mukandala expressed this concern yesterday in Dar es Salaam during the 44th graduation ceremony for the university whereby a total of 953 graduands were presented with certificates for bachelor’s degrees, masters, postgraduate diplomas and doctorates.
Prof Mukandala stressed the need of having self confidence as the only pillar that would enable them to acquire basic necessities at this time when employment has become a great challenge not only in Tanzania but also at a global level.
He said that lack of employment for graduates in the country for women is estimated to stand at about 14.3 percent while for men it stands at about 12.3 pe cent, felt mainly in urban centres.