By Queenter Mawinda
In a rare show of candour, Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Khamis Kagasheki pinpointed Arusha regional crime officer as belonging to a sophisticated network of rich wildlife poachers.
Though the minister didn’t specifically identify the RCO by his name, he was quite categorical talking about a public servant with the rank of RCO in Arusha.
When contacted for comment, the current RCO for Arusha, Mr. Buan Nyanda, said he wasn’t aware of the accusations, which he termed “false.”
“The minister has never told me about this … in any case, I was not in Arusha at the time … I was in Dar es Salaam,” he said.
The minister told a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that in the ongoing operation which started last March, two Saudi nationals had since been arrested, both of them subsequently handed over to the RCO – who allegedly granted the suspects bail and handed back their travel comments.
Under the law, suspected poachers cannot get bail, nor can they travel – particularly if they happen to be foreigners.
Keeping the “name” deliberately under wraps, the minister was categorical that the RCO for Arusha region “helped” the two suspects gain their release from custody -- on bail. More....