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.
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
“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.
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
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
“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.