By Sylivester Domasa
Ministers of Livestock and Fisheries Development Dr David Mathayo and of Natural Resources and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki came under spirited attacks from members of Parliament yesterday over their failure to execute their duties.
While Dr Mathayo was accused of failing to deal with conflicts between farmers and pastoralists, his counterpart Ambassador Kagasheki found himself sitting on a hot seat for mishandling ‘Tokomeza’ Operation that gears to search out poachers and individuals engaging in selling ivory.
The ‘Tokomeza’ operation also geared at removing herds of cattle from the national parks and game reserves.
MPs attacks were directed at the duo after the ministers tabled in the chamber a government statement detailing how the matters were being handled by the two ministries.
Before MPs descended on the two ministers, Ambassador Kagasheki informed the august House that the ministry had decided to suspend ‘Tokomeza’ Operation to evaluate the situation.
However, it was evident that the decision to suspend the operation came after a spate of complaints from the public and even from MPs as to incidents of massacre of cattle, torture of suspects and illegal seizure and auction of property belonging to the suspects.
Minister Kagasheki told the attentive House that the decision to suspend the operation was made to pave the way for assessment and evaluation of the operation which was launched by the government October 4. More....