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Tanzania order eviction of foreigners in wildlife protected reserves

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Tanzanian government minister on Thursday ordered authorities in western region of Kigoma to immediately evict foreign nationals who have invaded and settled in wildlife protected reserves.

Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Hamisi Kigwangalla accused the local authorities of laxity leading to foreigners from neighbouring countries invading the protected reserves and inflicting damage on the areas.
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Kigoma region is situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the second oldest freshwater lake in the world, and its neighbours are Burundi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The invasion of wildlife protected reserves is being done under the watch of government authorities," said Kigwangalla.

Kigwangalla said intelligence reports in his possession indicated that foreigners had settled in and were conducting human activities within Moyowosi and Kigosi game reserves located in Kibondo district as well as Makere forest reserve in Kasulu district.

Apart from illegal human settlements within the reserves, farming, livestock keeping as well as poaching were also rampant but with authorities doing nothing to stop the illegalities, said Kigwangalla.

   Moyowosi and Kigosi game reserves located in Kibondo district Tanzania | Coastweek

"Intelligence reports in his possession indicated that foreigners had settled in and were conducting human activities within Moyowosi and Kigosi game reserves located in Kibondo district as well as Makere forest reserve in Kasulu district."
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"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.
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EARLIER REPORT:

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:

"Apart from arresting the perpetrators, we’ve now resorted to educating them on the use of iron bars in reinforcing their mine pits instead of logs."

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.
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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 piracy.

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.
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Moyowosi Game Reserve, Makere North and South Forest Reserves and Uvinza Open Area | Coastweek

 

Massao said in the same year, at least eight course members successfully pursued security and strategic studies at the diploma level.

Massao said in the same year, at least eight course members successfully pursued security and strategic studies at the diploma level.
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FURTHER READING;

Moyowosi Game Reserve, Tanzania, includes a permanent
papyrus swamp and large peripheral floodplains

Moyowosi Game Reserve, Makere North and South Forest
Reserves and Uvinza Open Area

Tanzania forest services agency conducts a confiscation
operation in Makere forest reserve

 

             

 

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