DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- A joint conservation project has seen the
return of whale sharks on the Mafia Island, located in
southern circuit of Tanzania and the Zanzibar
archipelago, authorities said on Friday.
Amani Ngusaru, the WWF Tanzania Country Director,
said the return of the whale sharks will make Mafia
Island a leading tourist destination in the world.
The project to recover the whales has been made
possible by joint efforts by the World Wildlife Fund, in
collaboration with the Mafia District Council in Coast
region, Sea Sense, an organization on conserving
threatened marine species, the Whale Shark Conservation
Society (WCS) and the Tanzania Fisheries Research
Ngusaru said the 3-million-euro five-year whale shark
conservation project has witnessed the return of the
whale sharks population estimated at between 100 and 140
individuals, mostly juvenile males.
"We need to ensure that these types of fish continue
to be in the area after they vanished for a long period
of time for poor conservation," he said.
He said the whale sharks on Mafia Island disappeared
from the 1960s only to return back in the early 2000s
thanks to good conservation methods.
Ngusaru said the whale sharks were a big tourist
attraction and could draw hundreds of thousands of
tourists every year, which could in turn provide income
to villagers on Mafia Island and the country at large.
WWF Tanzania’s Marine Program Coordinator Mathias
Igulu said until recently, whale sharks were not
commonly found on Mafia Island and conservation efforts
have revealed it was possible to restore the environment
to its previous state through collaborated efforts.
"The environment has proven to be conducive for the
whale sharks to co-exist with other fisheries and marine
resources in the area," he said.
Tanzanian officials say drought may drive cattle to
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
livestock officers warned on Friday that prolonged
drought in northern Tanzania could drive cattle to neighboring countries in pursuit of grazing land.
They made the remarks at a climate change training
session organized by Oikos East Africa, a Tanzanian NGO
that promotes the protection of biodiversity, and the
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and
Recently, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda were engaged in
the seizure and confiscation of tens of hundreds of
cattle from each of the three neighboring countries.
The officers said blame game among East African
countries on the recent seizure and auctioning of cattle
will not come to an end if the governments failed to
reduce the effects caused by climate change.
"The population growth in Tanzania and increase in
livestock pressure will further worsen the problem of
grazing land," said Esther Meiludie, a livestock officer
with the Arusha district council.
Meiludie added: "Much as we continue to experience
long dry spells in northern Tanzania, cattle, goats and
cows will continue crossing our borders and definitely
end up being auctioned by our neighbors."
She said the Arusha district authorities were now
grappling with prolonged dry spells even with drought
resistance crops given to them by Oikos East Africa.
Joe Hiza, a livestock officer from Meru district
council, called on pastoral communities to control the
number of their cattle to avoid being seized and
auctioned after crossing borders in search of pasture.
He urged the government to get back to stepping up
efforts in raising awareness among pastoral communities
on the need of controlling livestock population to
mitigate the effects of climate change.
ECO-BOMA Project Manager Giorgio Colombo said climate
change was a challenging issue that required knowledge
enhancement to adapt to necessary measures.
Ramadhani Kupaza, Director of Oikos East Africa, said
climate change was no longer a myth and that every
Tanzanian had a role to play in addressing the problem.
Tanzania strengthens anti-drugs body
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Friday
amended a legislation to empower the Drugs Control and
Enforcement Authority (DCEA) in controlling drug
The amended Drug Control and Enforcement Act will
allow the DCEA to own weapons and use armed officers
when arresting drug barons.
Jenista Mhagama, Minister of State in the Prime
Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary
Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled,
told the National Assembly that the amended law will
also give DCEA powers to seize bank accounts of
suspected drug barons for a specific period.
"There will be no bail to drug barons," said Mhagama.
She told the House that DCEA will now be able to
regulate importation and illegal possession of
restricted chemicals that can be used in the production
of heroin, cocaine and improvised explosive devices.
The amended law also provides for conviction of heads
of institutions and public offices or any individuals
failing to provide relevant information to the DCEA,
Mhagama said the government has been spending a lot
of money in treating drug addicts by enrolling them to
clinics for methadone programs.
She said the government spent 180,000 U.S. dollars
for methadone programs in 2016 and 450,000 dollars in
The ineffective Drugs and Prevention of Illicit
Traffic in Drugs Act was repealed in 2015 to form the
Drug Control and Enforcement Act.The new act replaced
the previous drugs commission with DCEA.
Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark arrives in
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Chinese naval
hospital ship Peace Ark arrived on Sunday morning in
Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, starting an
eight-day humanitarian mission of providing free medical
services to local residents.
The arrival of the Peace Ark, its second in seven
years, was received with joy by Tanzanians.
At the welcome ceremony held at Dar es Salaam port,
Task Group Commander of Peace Ark Guan Bailin said the
visiting crew will carry out free medical services,
humanitarian assistance, and conduct medical training to
consolidate and promote friendly relations and deepen
professional exchanges between China and Tanzania.
Tanzania Navy Commander Richard Mutayoba Makanzo
thanked China for sending the Peace Ark to Tanzania
"China has helped Tanzania in different sectors. One
of the notable areas is the construction of Tazara
railway, which connects Tanzania and Zambia," said
In 2010-2015, the Peace Ark paid visits to Asia,
Africa, the Americas and Oceania. A total of 29
countries and regions, and 120,000 people received free
on-board medical and humanitarian services.
The current tour has already taken the Peace Ark to
Djibouti, Gabon, Sierra Leone, the Republic of the
Congo, Angola, and Mozambique.
The Peace Ark is 178 meters long, with a total area
of 4,000 square meters.
It has eight operation rooms,
seven health care offices and 300 beds.
A total of 115
health care workers are on board, mostly from the Naval
Medical University, of which 60 percent have senior
East African Whale Shark Trust, Galu Kinondo Beach