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Tanzania President John Magufuli orders probe into
toxic water pollution claims against Acacia Mining

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 poisoned.


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 Thursday.

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 ecosystem.

"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 wildlife.

The collaring exercise which began in December 2017 targeting 60 elephants was being done in phases depending on prevailing weather conditions.

WWF was doing the collaring in collaboration with the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute.




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