By Rodgers Luhwago
The presence of a sophisticated network of rich people and fear by the public to engage in the practice of ‘naming and shaming’ of individuals engaging in poaching fuel illegal hunting in the country, the government has admitted.
The minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki mid this week put this point blank at a seminar for senior media personnel who attended a workshop in Iringa, organised by the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa).
“Poaching is depleting our valuable natural resources, especially elephants and rhinos in our game reserves and national parks. Very unfortunately, this business involves rich people who have formed a very sophisticated network,” the minister told news editors. The ministry was determined to combat poaching, including taking punitive measures against individuals suspected to be involved in the malpractices, irrespective of their social status, he stated.
If deliberate, concerted efforts are not taken by stakeholders, including the government, the media and the general public to expose individuals engaging in poaching, elephants and rhinos will be facing extinction in the nearest future.
Ambassador Kagasheki who was vividly angered and pained by experts’ reports on poaching of elephants and rhinos in the country, said it was high time the media and the general public named and shamed individuals engaging in poaching without fear. “It’s now time to name and shame people engaging in this menace. Even if it is me, say it. We must fight against this scourge at all costs,” Kagasheki stressed. More....