By David Kisanga
The Chinese Business Chamber in Tanzania (CBCT) has applauded Tanzanian media for their coverage of poaching issues including the ongoing Operation Tokomeza against poaching particularly for elephant. On the same note, it condemned Chinese nationals in the country who were arrested with ivory earlier this month.
“On behalf of CBCT, we would like to applaud the Tanzanian media for its encouraging efforts in disseminating news concerning poaching in the country,” said CBCT Chairman Janson Huang in a statement released late last week.
“We are here to express our deepest condemnation of these disgraceful Chinese! We hope that relevant departments will deal with them with the harshest punishment allowed without any mercy,” stressed Huang.
On November 2, police in Dar es Salaam seized about 706 pieces of ivory in Mikocheni area at the residence of the Chinese nationals. The pieces of ivory represented more than 200 killed elephants.
Three Chinese nationals, Che Jinzhan, Xu Fujie and Huang Qin, are implicated in the crime.
Huang said human beings should not slaughter other species for their own interest. Condemning such illegal activities, he said China strongly supports the Tanzania government in cracking down such crimes.
He said they have the highest respect towards the Tanzanian Government and people who value the protection of wild animals for the benefit of all humanity.
Huang noted that they strongly support and pay their highest regards to the Tanzanian Police Force and Law Enforcement officers who arrested the three Chinese.
He called on the Chinese people in Tanzania to strictly abide by Tanzanian and international laws and refrain from buying wildlife and its products.