Liganga ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian tourism stakeholders on Sunday
come out in opposition of the unveiled plan to build
cable cars on Mount Kilimanjaro, saying the project will
cut jobs and eliminate the fun of hiking for days to the
roof of Africa.
Key industry players namely
tour operators, guides and porters strongly protest the
proposed facility, saying climbing Kilimanjaro Mountain
on foot is a lifetime experience that should never be
compromised by cable cars.
The protest came few weeks when Constantine Kanyasu,
Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and
Tourism said that the Cable Car project is part of the
government’s latest strategy to woo tourists with over
50 years of age.
Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) opposes the
cable car product outright, saying it will deny
employment to nearly 250,000 mountain porters scaling up
Mount Kilimanjaro for a wage each year.
"Much as the cable car service doesn’t require
porters, majority of tourists will climb Mount
Kilimanjaro on day trip basis using the new product to
cut down costs and length of stay," said Edson Mpemba,
MKPS Vice Chairman.
Mpemba wondered that decision makers had overlooked
interests of the huge number of the unskilled labour
force, which solely depends on the mountain to eke out a
"Think of the ripple effect on families of the
250,000 unskilled porters," he stresses, cautioning:
"The cable car facility will initially look like a
noble and innovative idea, but it will, in the long run,
ruin the future of the majority of local people whose
livelihood depends on the mountain."
Juma Salewa, a seasoned mountain tour guide also said
that the glittering cable car product will contradict
the country’s conservation policy, as it will encourage
mass tourism and become a major threat to the ecology of
He also said that tour operators are also worried
over the cable car harshly affecting revenues in the
long run, owing to the service significantly reducing
the length of stay from eight to one day.
"Assume all 50,000 tourists hiking Mount Kilimanjaro
a year opt for the cable car, the national park will get
4.1 million U.S. dollars as a fee, down from the current
55.3 million U.S. dollars," he said.
Betty Looibok, Chief Park Warden with Kilimanjaro
National Park (Kinapa) said the cable car is but only
one of several additional tourism products embedded into
Mount Kilimanjaro’s General Management Plan (GMP) in an
effort to boost revenue.
"Cable car is for physically challenged persons and
aged tourists who want to experience the thrill of
climbing Mount Kilimanjaro up to Shira Plateau without
wishing to reach the summit," she explained.
She further explained that the construction of the
cable car will depend on the outcome of the
environmental and social impact assessment study, which
is currently underway.
According to her, plans for the cable car service on
the Kilimanjaro Mountain are not entirely new; as the
discussions date back to 1960s when the issue was raised
but never materialized.
The feasibility plan in place will, however, bring
the cable car one step closer to reality and make the
mountain more accessible to special-needs groups than it
has been so far.
Some of the 50,000 tourists conquering Mount
Kilimanjaro peaks a year use one of the six separate
walking routes to the roof.
requests 1,000 Israeli tourists to be good
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime
Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Saturday requested 1,000
Israeli tourists who visited the east African nation to
be good ambassadors of the country when they got back
A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said Majaliwa made
the appeal when he bade farewell to 274 Israeli tourists
at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) at
the end of their week-long visit to the country.
The 274 tourists were among 1,000 Israeli tourists
who visited Tanzania’s various tourist attractions from
April 20. The first batch of the tourists left on Friday
night and the rest of them were expected to leave later
"We have been excited by your visit and we request
you to promote abroad the tourist attractions that you
have seen in the country," said the premier.
Israeli tourists Naomi Peer Moscovich and his
daughters Dana and Lihi said they were impressed to see
many animals roaming in the natural habitat.
"We will never forget Tanzania. Our visit to this
country will be unforgettable," said Dana Peer Moscovich.
Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner of
Tanzania, contributing an average of 2 billion U.S.
dollars annually, which is equivalent to 25 percent of
all exchange earnings, according to the government data.
It also contributes to more than 17 percent of the
national gross domestic product and creating more than
1.5 million jobs, 500,000 of which are direct.
A report released in June 2017 rated Tanzania’s
tourism industry as one of the fastest growing sectors
in the country with figures showing a surge on tourist
The 2016 International Visitors’ Exit Survey Report
indicated that the number of tourists who visited the
country continued to rise.
The report was jointly compiled by the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Tourism, the Bank of Tanzania, the
National Bureau of Statistics, the Immigration
Department and the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism.
The report showed that Tanzania hosted at least 1.2
million tourists in 2016, compared to 1.1 million in
2015, which was an increase of 12 percent.
The report showed revenues from the tourism industry
have been increasing year after year with 2.1 billion
U.S. dollars in 2016 against 1.9 billion dollars in
president orders opening of regional gold trading
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli on Saturday ordered regional
commissioners in regions producing gold to open trading
centers of the precious stones in seven days.
Addressing a public rally in Chunya district in Mbeya
region on his second day of his eight-day tour of the
southern highlands region, the president wondered why
that order he made early this year was not being
observed by the regional commissioners.
"I want to see gold trading centers in gold producing
regions to be in operation within seven days from
today," said Magufuli in an address televised live by
state-owned national broadcaster-Tanzania Broadcasting
He particularly ordered Mbeya regional commissioner
Albert Chalamila to heed his order as soon as possible
after he had learnt that Chunya district which was
producing gold has no trading center.
"The gold trading centers help in curbing smuggling
of gold out of the country," said the president,
praising Geita region in northwest of the country which
opened a gold trading center in March this year.
Launching the gold trading center in Geita region,
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed all regional
commissioners to establish mineral trading centers in
their regions to boost the sector’s contribution to
individual incomes and the national economy.
The gold trading centers accommodated buyers, miners,
government offices, banks and dealers at a one-stop
Geita is one of the major gold producing regions, and
accounts for more than half of all gold produced in
He directed the Ministry of Minerals, local
government authorities and the Minerals Commission to
make sure that the centers are established since it was
the main challenge facing small-scale miners.
watchdog seizes four tonnes of imported used
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s
standards watchdog has seized four tonnes of used
underwear in an ongoing crackdown in the east African
nation’s northern zone regions, an official said on
"Most of the imported used underwear were impounded
in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions during a special
crackdown that lasted two weeks," said Rhoida Andusamile,
head of public relations for state-owned Tanzania Bureau
of Standards (TBS).
The government has banned the importation of used
underwear and other substandard goods to protect
citizens against diseases and other risks but traders
were still importing them through illegal entry points,
Andusamile told Xinhua when reached by phone that TBS
was getting in touch with relevant environment
authorities to establish how best to dispose of the
"We are definitely going to burn them but we have to
consult environment authorities to guide us on how to
burn the used underwear without polluting the
environment," she said.
The official said the seized used underwear included
socks, towels and underskirts, adding that the crackdown
will be carried out across the country.
"Most of the used underwear were seized from markets
and shops in northern zone regions of Arusha,
Kilimanjaro and Tanga," said the official.
Andusamile said TBS was currently conducting an
inspection to identify substandard goods all over the
country, a move aimed at protecting Tanzanians from
health hazards associated with the use of second-hand
warns against reckless drinking among youth
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Archbishop of Dar es
Salaam Polycarp Cardinal Pengo on Sunday raised concern
over excessive consumption of alcohol in the country
among the youth in Tanzania.
Cardinal Pengo made the remarks when speaking during
the special mass to install the newly appointed
archbishop for Mbeya archdiocese, Gervas Nyaisonga.
The installation event was graced by Tanzanian
President John Magufuli along with his wife Janeth
The Archbishop called on the Tanzanian government to
take measures to tackle the habit if the country is to
reach its various development targets.
He denounced the behavior, saying that there are some
parts of the country where people especially the youth
have been trapped in harmful use of alcohol.
The binge drinking by members of the most productive
group—the youth—take place during early morning hours
when the drinkers are supposed to be working, he said.
Tanzania aspires to become a middle-income economy by
the year 2025 which requires a disciplined, innovative
workforce with good work ethic especially among the
Cardinal Pengo said: "The government has powers and
can manage to put things better to enable people to work
hard and forget about drinking in work hours (morning)
"We as religious leaders can do something but cannot
achieve this alone without having burly support from the