DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A Tanzanian senior official said on
Wednesday the government planned to construct 15 airstrips in
the southern circuit of the east African country to boost
Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said the
construction of the airstrips will go in tandem with the
diversification of tourist attraction centers.
tourist circuit is overwhelmed with too many attractions. It
needs to be improved to attract more tourists from across the
world,” Kigwangalla told the National assembly in the capital
The minister said
the government’s focus for now was to develop the southern
tourism circuit and look for other tourism products across the
He said airstrips to
be built at four national parks in the southern tourism circuit
will facilitate smooth transport services to local and foreign
Kigwangalla said the
airstrips will be built at the Selous Game Reserve, the Ruaha
National Park, the Mikumi National Park and the Udzungwa
Mountains National Park.
responding to a number of issues raised by the Parliamentary
Standing Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism, said
improvement of the southern circuit will also involve
construction of a road from Iringa town to the entrance of the
Ruaha National Park.
He told the House
that tourism was among the number one sectors with huge
contributions to the country’s foreign currency earnings, adding
that in the 2016/2017 financial year tourism contributed 2.1
billion U.S. dollars.
He said the tourism
sector contributed 17.6 percent of the country’s gross domestic
product (GDP) and 12 percent of employment.
Kemilembe Lwota, the
vice-chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lands,
Natural Resources and Tourism, faulted the government over poor
marketing strategies to advertise the country’s tourist
attractions within and outside the country.
Lwota said it was
high time the government put in place strategies to identify,
improve and market tourist attractions to be able to get
Tanzania destroys marijuana
farms in heightened anti-drug campaign
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday announced to
have destroyed six hectares of marijuana planted inside a forest
in northern part of the East African nation.
Tanzania’s Minister for Home Affairs who lead the operation,
said the destroyed farms were found in Engalaoni village, one of
the villages located on the foothills of Mount Meru, the second
tallest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro.
Nchemba said in an
interview that owners of the destroyed marijuana farms managed
to escape, and the manhunt is ongoing.
He said the
operation is part of the countrywide anti-narcotics campaign
aimed at making Tanzania free from illicit drugs.
The minister said
the government will continue with the operation across the
country, warning people behind the farming, trading and
transporting marijuana to look for another job.
He also tasked local
governments to offer support in the fight against marijuana.
Arusha Regional Police Commander, also said that all the six
hectares of marijuana planted in the area were burnt down.
He also noted that
the fight against cannabis farming will continue across the
region, saying that in recent years perpetrators have changed
tactics to move away from police hands by farming the illegal
crops in areas that can not be easily reached.
According to him,
marijuana is widely grown on the slopes of Mount Meru, protected
by poor terrain and resistance from local residents in Arusha