Lobbying for international support to fight against elephant poaching and prohibit the terrible trade of ivory in Thursday’s intercontinental conference to deal with wildlife crimes in London, the government of Tanzania has blasted British media in the recent report that smacked its face with poaching scams.
In a strong statement released to the media on Tuesday, the government of Tanzania said that the report released on Sunday by the Daily Mail which accused the President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete of turning an impaired eye was one-sided, since he has performed a great job in stopping the eradicating of these elephants.
The article in the Daily Mail held the headline: “Tanzania kills more than 11,000 elephants each year for the brutal trade in elephant tusks and Tanzania President turns blind eye.”
Tanzania, on the other hand, confessed in its report to view elephant poaching increase ever since 2009, hitting approximately 11,000 killings every year.
however as the Tanzanian President is attempting his very best to persuade other organs to compliment Tanzania in battling poaching of elephants as well as outlawed, terrible ivory trade, secret media reports within Dar es Salaam – the country’s capital city had caught up corrupt government officials within wildlife-conservation departments with a number poaching deals.
Media reports had as well implicated a number of senior government officials within the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to be spear heading the poaching of leopards, elephants, lions as well as rhinos in addition to live animals, plus some reptiles and bird species.
Independent conservationists within Tanzania think that President Kikwete’s dedication for nature conservation and his individual effort to battle elephant poaching, yet points fingers at a group of political leaders within the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party as well as wardens in the various wildlife departments.
Conservationists look at President Kikwete as a target of his own government generals whom he really trusted to handle the natural heritage of Tanzania. His former, very tough and dedicated Minister for Natural Resources – Mr. Khamis Kagasheki, fell sufferer to corrupt officials within his political plus administrative control.
The once effective Anti-poaching efforts wounded up as a political ordeal that forced him to step down ahead of time. Today, elephant poachers within Tanzania have acquired momentum to eradicate the surviving elephants.
The Wildlife Division within the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources has become termed as a most corrupt unit among all governments
The Wildlife department manages more than 38 wildlife reserves and game conservation areas, among which is the internationally renowned Selous Game Reserve, that covers about 50,000 sq km of land
Corruption within the Wildlife Department, Immigration Division, as well as the Ports in Dar es Salaam as well as Zanzibar had hastened unlawful trade of ivory and sell of live animals within Tanzania.
A number of Media reports had actually exposed identities of top traders coming from Somali who have a hand in the outrageous poaching of rhinos plus elephants.
Somali residents, many being suspected to finance a couple of terrorist gangs within East Africa, are staying and freely operating in Dar es Salaam which is the capital city of Tanzania mainly within the busy trading centers of the city.
Large ivory shipments coming from Africa have exclusively been detained in containers at large ports within Asia, in which there is a recognized customs evaluation system. The Shipments have mostly came from Africa including cities like Dar es Salaam plus Zanzibar within Tanzania and also from Kenya.