DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John
Magufuli on Friday ordered the east African nation’s environment
watchdog to probe pollution allegations against Acacia Mining’s
North Mara Gold Mine, saying previous report that cleared the mine
was tampered with.
Addressing a public rally at Nyamongo
village near the goldmine in Tarime district, Mara region, President
Magufuli said an earlier report by the National Environment
Management Council (NEMC) was questionable.
For the past 10 years, residents in villages within the gold mine
have been complaining that effluents released by Acacia Mining’s
North Mara Gold Mine were polluting water in Mara River and Tigite
River, posing major health hazard to the residents.
"I am a chemical engineer. I want NEMC to launch a fresh
investigation to establish how the effluents are contaminating water
in the rivers, and subsequently affecting people," he said.
"People are being affected by using water that is contaminated by
effluents released by mining activities.
"This is unacceptable and NEMC should do its investigations
afresh," said Magufuli.
In 2016, NEMC undertook an investigation and came up with a
report saying results of the samples taken from various water
sources including Tigite River, indicated that the water was not
World Bank and Tanzania sign
U.S. $805 million dollars
financing deals for electricity and water projects
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The World Bank and Tanzania on Friday signed two
financing agreements for the implementation of the 455 million U.S.
dollars Tanzania-Zambia Transmission and Interconnector project and
the 350 million U.S. dollars water supply project.
The Tanzania-Zambia Transmission and Interconnector project will
link Tanzania to the Southern Africa Power Pool, opening
opportunities for electricity trade while the Sustainable Rural
Water Supply and Sanitation Program focused on improving water
supply to the rural poor.
Thirteen elephants to be
fitted with satellite collars in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Thirteen adult elephants will be fitted with
satellite collars in the next 10 days in Tanzania’s Mikumi National
Park and Selous Game Reserve, WWF Tanzania said in a statement on
The statement said the fitting with satellite collars of the 13
elephants will bring to 20 the total number of elephants fitted with
the global positioning system (GPS) satellite collars on adult
elephants in core areas and outside the core areas of the Selous
"The fitting of satellite collars with improved technology will
facilitate the collection of data for effective monitoring and
security provision to large mammal movements and especially the
elephants that have, in recent years, been decimated by poaching,"
said the WWF statement.
The statement added that the fitting of GPS collars will also
strengthen elephant conservation efforts in the Selous Game Reserve
by alerting field teams where each elephant family with elephants
fitted with GPS collars were heading to and help move them away from
croplands and reduce the risk of human-elephant conflicts.
"It will also identify critical habitats, seasonal dispersal
areas and corridors for elephants that may require enhanced
protection," said the statement.
Amani Ngusaru, WWF Tanzania Country Director, said WWF was
supporting the Selous Game Reserve to attain zero poaching.
"We are excited to be part of this important exercise and to
support the government’s efforts in the conservation of elephants in
the country," he said.
Ngusaru added the use of satellite collars was a proven
technology as an effective measure to monitor wildlife movements and
at providing a security function.
He said the Greater Selous ecosystem required special attention
of all concerned conservation partners because it was the only area
that can guarantee a sufficient space for elephants and other
The collaring exercise which began in December 2017 targeting 60
elephants was being done in phases depending on prevailing weather
WWF was doing the collaring in collaboration with the Tanzania
Wildlife Management Authority and the Tanzania Wildlife Research