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Elephant poaching falls in Tanzanian sanctuary

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Elephant poaching in western Tanzania’s wildlife sanctuary, Katavi National Park, has gone down in 2017, a senior park official said on Tuesday.

Izumbe Msindai, the park’s chief warden, said in an interview with Xinhua that the number of elephants killed in the area dropped from 24 in 2016 to five in 2017.

Msindai said regular patrols and social awareness among the surrounding communities are contributing factors to the achievement.

“The elephant killing incidents have been dropping year after year. The result is contributed by efforts of the surrounding communities who have recognized the importance of protecting the animals,” he said.

“We have signed on to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) anti-poaching surveillance to be carried out by a private entity, Bathawk Recon, in Katavi National park for six months,” said the spokesman of Tanzania National Parks, Pascal Shelutete.

According to Shelutete, the initial pilot six-month deployment of Super Bat DA-50 and the required ground and monitoring equipment at Katavi was expected to provide real-time information about poaching activities.

Located in eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Katavi national park is known for its unadulterated wild bushes, spectacular views and rich wildlife.

The park is home to an estimated 4,000 elephants, more than 1,000 buffaloes, and many herds of giraffes, zebras, impalas and reedbucks.



Over 25 mln Tanzanians cannot access judiciary services: chief justice

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma said on Tuesday more than 25 million Tanzanians out of a population of 50 million could not access judiciary services due to lack of courts.

“Statistics for the Judiciary action plan indicate that court services are not easily accessed by more than 25 million Tanzanians,” said Juma at the inauguration of the Bagamoyo district court in the east African nation’s Coast region.

“But, we are tackling this problem by building more courts in various parts of the country,” said the chief justice.

He said ongoing improvements in facilities under the judiciary were aimed at increasing access of the services by members of the public, and ensuring justice was delivered in convenient time.

On Monday the chief justice also inaugurated a World Bank-funded training and information resource center to improve the efficiency and transparency of the judiciary.

Juma said the construction of the training center was part of the World Bank’s support to Tanzania’s five-year strategic plan to achieve citizen-centric judicial modernization.

Juma said the center will offer training programs in legal, administrative and judicial topics and law reform areas for about 900 judicial officers and about 6,000 court staff in the judiciary.

“It will help upgrade skills that are necessary to cut backlogs and delays in hearing of cases, and improve service provision to citizens,” said the chief justice.

World Bank Country Director for Tanzania Bella Bird said that as Tanzania moves toward a middle-income status, it is extremely important to underscore the pivotal role that the judiciary plays in achieving social and economic development.

The World Bank allocated 65 million U.S. dollars for the Citizen-Centric Judicial Modernization and Justice Service Delivery Project.

An effective justice system is critical for fighting corruption, improving accountability and transparency, and delivering better public services that the citizens of Tanzania need, especially women, the poor and generally the vulnerable segments of the population,” she said.



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