SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian and Rwandan officials were in talks to enable
RwandAir ferry fish from Mwanza airport in northern
Tanzania to overseas markets, an official said on
Luhaga Mpina, Tanzania’s Minister for
Livestock and Fisheries, told stakeholders in the
fishing industry in Mwanza city that he was confident
that the deal would go through.
"Should the two sides strike a deal, it will be a
massive relief for Lake Zone fish traders, who have, for
a long time, been seeking an alternative airline to
transport their products abroad," said Mpina.
Usually, the wholesale fish dealers in the region
have been relying on Entebbe and Nairobi airports in
Uganda and Kenya respectively, which they claim are more
"Indeed, the talks are at an advanced stage for
RwandAir planes to transport fish from Mwanza to
overseas markets," said the minister.
He said the government collected 1.7 trillion
Tanzanian shillings (about 726 million U.S. dollars)
from the fishing industry in the 2017/18 financial year,
out of which 1.1 trillion shillings were from Lake
Sijaona James, the spokesperson of the Tanzania
Fishermen Union, said over 1,000 tonnes of fish could
not be exported in the past few months because of
The total loss of the exports destined for Japan and
Israel stood at 5.5 billion Tanzanian shillings, said
Tanzania to employ
game scouts to control raids of wild animals
DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
on Saturday directed councils across the country to
employ game scouts for preventing wild animals from
wreaking havoc to human settlements and farms.
Constantine Kanyasu, the deputy minister of Natural
Resources and Tourism, made the directive following
reports of deaths of people and destruction of farm
crops by wild animals that raided human settlements and
farms in different parts of the country.
He said successful anti-poaching operations pioneered
by President John Magufuli resulted in an increase in
the populations of elephants, hippos and buffalos that
strayed into human settlements and farms, wreaking
"Most of the raids by the wild animals occur in
villages located near game reserves and national parks,"
said Kanyasu on his official tour of Mara region.
He said directors of councils throughout the country
should set aside budget for employing game scouts that
will assist in making sure that the animals were not
harmful to mankind.
The official said the move to employ game officers
will help reduce human-wildlife conflicts in areas
adjacent to game reserves.
"The employment of game scouts will reduce the amount
of money being spent by the government to compensate
people who are being attacked by the animals," said
Vincent Naano, Musoma district commissioner, said
between January and March this year, wild animals
attacked and killed 10 people in the district and
destroyed 1,059 hectares of farms.
declares war against 'masterminds' behind illegal
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Minister
for Home Affairs, Kangi Lugola, on Tuesday warned the
masterminds behind the influx of illegal immigrants into
the east African nation, saying their days were
"The days of people who engage in bringing illegal
immigrants in the country are numbered," said Lugola
during a meeting with members of the parliamentary
standing committee on foreign affairs, security and
The minister directed the Department of Immigration
to work closely with the police force in unearthing the
masterminds of the human trafficking.
He was speaking shortly after the committee had
inspected the construction of the headquarters of the
Immigration Department in the capital Dodoma.
"Both the institutions should work together in
ensuring that the masterminds behind this illegal
business are arrested and brought to book," said Lugola.
In January this year, Lugola initiated another
crackdown on illegal immigrants, targeting borders with
countries in the Great Lakes region.
The minister ordered immigration officials to conduct
house-to-house searches in Kagera and Kigoma regions,
which border Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
The operation was expected to be completed in time
for local government elections in the targeted regions,
which were scheduled for July, Lugola said in his
directive to Commissioner General of Immigration Anna
The operation also involved a fresh verification of
national identity cards issued to residents of those
regions over the past few years.
UNV programme vows
to assist Tanzania’s Zanzibar with specialist
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
programme on Tuesday pledged to support the health
sector in Tanzania’s Zanzibar by providing specialist
Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator of United Nations
Volunteers (UNV) programme, made the pledge during his
talks with his host, Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed
The two discussed a number of issues including ways
on how to cement the existing relationship.
Adam also pledged continued support to Zanzibar’s
development endeavour, noting that UNV works with
experienced personnel who can assist Zanzibar in a
number of sectors.
According to him, UNV programme contributes to peace
and development through volunteerism worldwide.
It works with partners to integrate qualified, highly
motivated and well-supported UN volunteers into
development programming and promote the value and global
recognition of volunteerism.
For his part, Shein called on the UNV to assist
Zanzibar for science subject teachers in secondary
He said despite government efforts to sensitize
students to learn subjects, a deficit of teachers is a
He appealed to the UNV to help Zanzibar with
specialist doctors to conduct complicated surgeries as
the government strives to train its own doctors.
He also commended UNV programme for its crucial roles
in the implementation of different development projects
in the archipelago.
Shein revealed that the UNV programme has for years
supported Zanzibar’s development in the health,
agriculture and several other sectors.