"It is unimaginable that leaders who were expected to be patriotic
were instead allowing foreigners to do as they wished in protected
areas that we do not allow even our citizens to settle insaid the
minister," said the minister.
"This is unacceptable."
At the same time, Kigwangalla issued a three-month ultimatum to
individuals who were living or conducting human activities within
protected areas to leave voluntarily or face eviction.
Kigwangalla gave the same order last week in Busega district,
Simiyu region, where he directed that individuals who have
encroached Kijereshi Game Reserve should leave.
Artisanal gold miners threaten
forests in northwestern Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Hectares of natural forests have been cleared by
artisanal gold miners in northwestern Tanzania’s district of Mbogwe,
posing a serious environmental threat, authorities said on Thursday.
Emmanuel Bwai, Mbogwe District Forest Officer, said the
increasing number of small-scale gold miners poses a serious threat
to Mbogwe Bukombe Forest Reserve, which is close to Moyowosi and
Kigosi Game reserves.
According to Bwai, artisanal gold miners have been cutting down
trees for building their mine pits, hence became a challenge towards
sustainable forest management.
"We’ve been fighting against the vice, but the fight seems to get
out of hands as the speed of deforestation is alarming," said Bwai.
Charles Tui, Mbogwe District Environmental Officer said:
from arresting the perpetrators, we’ve now resorted to educating
them on the use of iron bars in reinforcing their mine pits instead
Elias Kayandabila, Mbogwe District Council executive director,
said the government planned to plant 1.5 million trees every year to
replenish the highly degraded areas from the anthropogenic factors
like uncontrolled mining activities.
A forest inventory by the Tanzania Forest Services Agency in 2015
found that forests and wooded areas cover over 48 million hectares
of land. It also found that wood remains the main source of fuel for
Tanzanians, even in urban areas.
The current deforestation rate in Tanzania is approaching 373,000
hectares every year, making it among the highest in East Africa.
Tanzanian army tasked to be
alert over international security threats
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Minister for Defense and National Service
Hussein Mwinyi on Saturday tasked the army to be alert over
international security threats, including terrorism.
"Tanzania is still faced with international security challenges,
especially those associated with non-traditional actors like human
insecurity, radicalization and terrorism, which need serious
research to tackle them," said Mwinyi.
Mwinyi made the remarks at a graduation ceremony of the sixth
course for 2017/2018 at the National Defence College (NDC) in the
commercial Dar es Salaam.
The six valedictory function involved 31 graduates from various
countries in the world including Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya,
Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Burundi, Egypt and Malawi.
The minister said the defence college needed to be encouraged to
provide research-based recommendations on matters of national and
international security to the government.
"It is my view that the college should work very quickly to
develop such research capacity," he said.
Mwinyi said the move would ensure that the college was engaged in
policy research on various operational areas related to national
security because the country continued to face diverse security
challenges that demanded research-based solutions.
"The government sees more relevance of the NDC than ever before
essentially because of the paradigm shift in the undertaking of
security from the traditional sense to a broader contemporary
perspective," he said.
The move, he said, was evidenced by the fact that international
security threats had become more of a non-traditional nature
manifesting in the form of terrorism, drug, human trafficking and
Therefore, the college needed to make itself more relevant in
terms of providing further skills and knowledge to combat the new
security threats, said Mwinyi.
Mwinyi hailed the college for contributing towards the
enhancement of regional cooperation and partnership by incorporating
course members from friendly countries in security and strategic
studies conducted at the college.
He said the graduates had acquired the required knowledge
befitting to address contemporary security challenges in their
various manifestations. NDC Commandant Lieutenant-General Paul Massao said in the 2017/18
academic year, a total of 23 course members had successfully
undertaken security and strategic studies at the master’s level.