DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Decreased water levels in the Tarangire River is
posing a threat to the survival of wild animals at Tarangire
National Park in northern Tanzania, authorities said on Sunday.
Allan Kijazi, the
Director General of the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA),
said wild animals in the park may face extinction in years to
come if necessary measures were not taken to rescue Tarangire
River from drying up.
Existence of animals
and other living organisms at Tarangire National Park depend
mostly on the river, which is currently facing reduced water
“Water levels at
Tarangire River are alarmingly low and this is threatening the
existence of wild animals at the national park,” Kijazi told
members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lands,
Natural Resources and Tourism on a visit to the park.
The water levels, he
said, have fallen dramatically due to increased human economic
activities along the main source of Tarangire River at Kondoa
district in Dodoma region.
“We are calling upon
parliament and the government to ensure that the source of
Tarangire River is protected. If this is not taken into
consideration, the lives of animals will be in danger,” he said.
A warden at
Tarangire National Park, Herman Bitaho, said water levels have
not improved despite an increase in the amount of rainfall.
“If water levels go
down further, animals will be forced to go out in search of the
vital liquid to quench their thirst as well as pasture. This may
result into some catastrophic outcomes on lives of people around
the national park,” he said.
The chairperson of
the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lands, Natural Resources
and Tourism, Kemilembe Luota, said although the decrease of
water levels in the river could be caused by global warning,
TANAPA’s alarm should not be ignored.
She said it was
important for the government to revisit the importance of
national parks to the economy and make sure that economic
activities along the river do not interfere with the ecological
Tanzanian police gun down two
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian police have gunned down two
suspected poachers and arrested three others in the western
region of Katavi, an official said on Sunday.
Damas Nyanda, Katavi
Regional Police Commander, said the exchange of fire that led to
the deaths took place on Friday at around 10 p.m. local time at
Kapalamsenga village in Tanganyika District.
6.6 kilograms of ivory worth 14,960 U.S. dollars and 20
kilograms of game meat worth 1,760 U.S. dollars from the
suspects,” Nyanda said in an interview.
He added that the
three will be charged in court once the investigation is
The regional police
chief said law enforcers rushed to the village after receiving
reports from concerned villagers about the arrival there of five
strangers with suspected sinister motive.
According to Nyanda,
upon arrival, the officers embarked on a search for one week and
finally closed in on the suspects and laid down a trap to arrest
unidentified five men became aware of the plan before they were
apprehended and started firing at the police, resulting in an
exchange of bullets that led to the death of the two,” he said.
“We found them with
three short machine guns, 16 rounds of ammunition and five
magazines, all of which we have confiscated,” Nyanda added.
Head of wildlife
protection at Katavi National Park Zumbe Msindai said the
operation was carried out by police, park wardens and good
citizens who gave tip-offs on the suspects’ whereabouts.
Former chief of Tanzania’s
national public broad-
caster in court over economic sabotage
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The former Director General of
Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), Tido Mhando, on Friday
appeared in court charged with economic sabotage and abuse of
Mhando appeared in
the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in the commercial capital
Dar es Salaam charged with four counts of abuse of office and
one count of occasioning a loss to the government amounting to
400,000 U.S. dollars.
The charges were
read out by a prosecutor from the Prevention and Combating of
Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Leonard Swai who was assisted by Aneth
Mavika, Pendo Temu and Dismass Muganyizi before Senior Resident
Magistrate Upendo Nongwa.
According to the
charges, on the first count, Mhando, who is currently deputy
chief executive officer of privately owned Azam Media, in June
2008 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while discharging
his functions as TBC director general, intentionally abused his
position by signing a joint venture agreement for operating a
television channel between TBC and Chanel 2 Group Cooperation (BVI)
without floating a tender.
On the second count,
the former TBC chief was charged with intentionally abusing his
position by signing an agreement for digital terrestrial
broadcasting between TBC and BVI without invitation of tenders,
thereby giving undue advantage to BVI.
On the third count,
in August 2008 in Dubai, UAE, being an employee of TBC, he
abused his position by signing an agreement for the purchase,
supply, installation and transmission equipment and broadcasting
towers between TBC and BVI without invitation of tenders,
thereby causing undue advantage to BVI.
According to the
prosecutors, on the fourth count, Mhando intentionally abused
his position by signing an agreement for operating DTT
broadcasting infrastructure between TBC and BVI without floating
The accused denied
all the charges and was released on bail after fulfilling the
set bail conditions.
The accused was
ordered to deposit in court half the amount of the alleged loss
caused as bond or submit a title deed of unmovable property
worth the amount. Another bail condition was to have two
The court also
forbade the accused from travelling outside Dar es Salaam
without the court’s permission.
Mhando had also
worked with the BBC Swahili Service in London in the early 2000s
before joining TBC as the top boss. Prior to joining the BBC, he
worked with Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam (RTD) and the Voice of
Kenya (VoK) based in Nairobi.