A consignment of arms which was recently imported in the country for the sole purpose of equipping wildlife rangers to combat poaching is reportedly stuck at Dar es Salaam port. Speaking here over the weekend, Mr Saning'o Kaika Telele, who is the member of the Parliamentary Land, Natural Resources and Environment committee, revealed here that the anti-poaching arms and equipment were brought in by the Arusha-based, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) to help in the ongoing war against illegal wildlife killers.
"And just when poaching incidences are on the rise, the consignment of weapons that TANAPA was importing into the country to empower the rangers are being held at Dar es Salaam port for months, over some bureaucratic procedures leaving us to wonder if there isn't something underneath the delay," complained Mr Telele.
The legislator, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngorongoro Constituency, logged the concern while officiating the passing out of newly trained wildlife rangers at the Mbulumbulu Ward of Karatu District, just next to the Northern Highland Forest Reserve.
A platoon of 35 newly trained rangers to serve under the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) graduated under the arm of Commander Venance Tossi, the former Chief of Police Operations in the country.
Speaking from South Africa, the Communications Manager for the Tanzania National Park, Mr Paschal Shelutete admitted that indeed there was such a problem but added that the issue was already being solved at higher levels. Tanzania with around 120,000 jumbos has the second highest elephant population in the world after Botswana (with around 150,000). More....