By Abdulwakil Saiboko
Despite poaching posing serious challenges, the government has assured that it is determined to see growth in the population of wild animals.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, just a day after it was reported that a Parliamentary Committee plans to ask the National Assembly to form a special committee to probe poaching.
"The situation is tense but we are determined not to allow any reverse in the population of wild animals. We will do it the best way we know how," Mr Nyalandu told the 'Daily News' over the phone.
Given its complexity, Mr Nyalandu said the ministry has embarked massively on intelligence operations and involvement of local and international stakeholders. He was reacting on the accusations levelled against the ministry by the Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Land, Tourism and Environment that it has remained silent while poaching activities continue.
The Committee Chairman, Mr James Lembeli (Kahama- CCM), said on Tuesday that his team was disgusted by what he termed as the government's failure to stem poaching. "Poaching is different from ordinary theft, it is somehow complicated with so many syndicates and that is why we cannot be open in the techniques we are employing in stopping this crime," said.
Mr Nyalandu. He said reports that circulated over the weekend over the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) soldier who was arrested and being held on allegations of poaching was evidence that poaching has taken a new twist. The officer was arrested by Lake Manyara National Park rangers after a vehicle he was driving overturned during a car chase. More....