December 14, 2017
ARUSHA: A new anti-poaching unit which will involve members of the police
force and other security organs has been formed. The unit has been tasked
to ensure Tanzania is free from poaching by 2020. This was announced here
yesterday by the assistant director in charge of anti-poaching operations
in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Robert Manda.
He disclosed this when closing a two-day workshop on transboundary
environmental crimes experience sharing at the Kibo Palace Hotel. Apart
from the police force, the unit will have members from the army, the
Prisons Department, Immigration Department and the Prevention and Combating
of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).
He added that in fighting wanton killing training on anti-poaching tactics
has recently been offered to 450 rangers across the country.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Biswalo Mganga said weaknesses in
prosecuting the suspects may have slackened the war against poaching. The
acting director general of the Tanzania Wildlife Authority (Tawa) Dr. James
Wakibara echoed, saying the poaching menace must now be tackled from the
The meeting was sponsored by the United Nations, which promised to assist
Tanzania in fighting wanton killing of its wild animals for trophies in
high demand abroad such as the elephant tusks and rhino horns.