Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Four Tanzanian
ministers on Friday evening were forced to resign from their
posts for mishandling anti-poaching operation dubbed "operation
Tokomeza" which was held in October this year across the
Among them include Natural
Resources and Tourism Minister Khamis Kagasheki, who voluntarily
announced to resign before the Tanzanian National Assembly,
sitting in Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania.
Other ministers include Minister
of Home Affairs Emmanuel Nchimbi, Minister of Defense and
National Service Shamsi Vuai Nahodha and Minister of Livestock
and Fisheries Development David Mathayo.
Through Prime Minister Mizengo
Pinda, President Jakaya Kikwete forced the other three ministers
to step down from their posts, citing pressure from a cross
section of MPs who accused them of mishandling the operation,
which claimed 19 lives of Tanzanians and high-level of human
rights' abuse during the operation.
The four ministers were succumbed
to resignation's pressure following a report tabled in the House
by a special committee formed by the parliament to investigate
implementation of the anti- poaching operation held across the
country in October.
The report revealed horrendous
acts, such as raping, theft and many others that resulted into
deaths to innocent civilians, mostly pastoralists.
Earlier, MPs had called on Prime Minister Pinda to resign for
failure to take appropriate measure against four ministers.
The report by the Parliamentary
standing committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment
under the chairmanship James Lembeli tabled his report alongside
a special investigative report that reveals the bad outcome of
the performance of the operation earlier ordered to be carried
out in the country by President Jakaya Kikwete.
The committee suggested 10
measures that need to be taken to address the situation
including all public officials who involved in killing innocent
civilians on the pretext of anti-poaching operation. In the
operation the Tanzanian government deployed soldiers of the
Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF), Tanzania Police Force
and other security organs.
The operation was meant to arrest
all people who are involved in poaching, which threatens
Tanzania's wildlife sector and tourism. It is estimated that
every day Tanzania loses three jumbos in its national parks and
game reserves due to poaching.