The Citizen (Tanzania)

 

Natural Resources and Tourism minister Hamis

Sharon Sauwa & Louis Kolumbia
January 26, 2018

DODOMA/DAR ES SALAAM: Natural Resources and Tourism minister Hamis
Kigwangalla yesterday gave the Police Force seven days to arrest four
suspected poachers.

He threatened to report the matter to the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence
and Security Forces, President John Magufuli, if the ultimatum is ignored.
Dr Kigwangalla told a news conference in Dodoma that the Police Force was
fully aware of the existence of the ?criminal ring? but had been slow to
act.

The Police have information on people who planned the assassination of the
anti-poaching campaigner from South Africa, Wayne Lotter” he said.

Mr Lotter, 51, who lived and worked in Tanzania for many years, was waylaid
and shot by three gunmen in Dar es Salaam last August.

He worked with the National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation
Unit (NTSCIU), which is credited with the arrest of several high-profile
ivory traffickers in recent years.

Dr Kigwangalla said police arrested one of the alleged killers, but had
done nothing about the four poaching kingpins who planned the
assassination.

He added that he had personally communicated to the police over the issue,
but nothing had been done.

?Upon expiry of the seven days, I will take the matter to the
Commander-in-Chief for his intervention,? Dr Kigwangalla said.

In another development, Dr Kigwangalla issued another seven-day ultimatum
to directors of hunting companies and officials of the Tanzania National
Parks (Tanapa) to report to a yet-to-be-named special task force for
questioning.

He also directed that people who had invaded block number 4091 in Njiro,
Arusha, submit their documents of occupancy to the Commissioner of Lands.

Dr Kigwangalla said the Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), under Serengeti
Safari Lodge, was the rightful owner of the block.