The president of Tanzanian His Jakaya Kikwete In his reshuffled cabinet stated on Sunday morning that he had appointed Mr. Lazaro Nyalandu as the new minister for Tourism, replacing Mr. Khamis Kagasheki who had last month resigned from this position on accusation of human rights abuse throughout the anti-poaching operations.
The newly appointed Mr. Nyalandu who served as Deputy Minister to Mr. Khamis within the tourism industry, was advanced to a full ministerial position on Sunday as President Kikwete made small changes within his cabinet of ministers.
The new minister will be responsible for day-to-day administration of the natural resources of Tanzania which include the wildlife plus forests, in addition to tourism and travel trade, and at the same time monitor the challenges facing the country’s tourist industry at the moment when its tourism marketing drive is facing monetary limitations.
This new Tanzania safari Tourism Minister will as well be in charge of overseeing the day to day activities affecting this ministry’s departments, such as the wildlife plus forest resources, that the parliamentary members as well as the people of Tanzanian have grumbled of being plundered by overseas companies.
Elephant poaching as well as poaching of rhinos continues to be a big challenge that this newly appointed minister will have to deal with, and at the same time as corruption a very common practice in the departments of wildlife conservation within Tanzania appear to be another challenge he is supposed to deal with.
One of the nature conservationists stated that the no-nonsense as well as serious former Minister for Tourism Mr. Kagasheki who is Mr. Nyalandu’s predecessor, was a sacrificial lamb in the anti-poaching operation, targeted to stop uncalled-for killings of rhinos and elephants, together with other endangered animals species inside this country.
In the progression of “Politics opposed to Conservation,” former minister Mr. Kagasheki was compelled to resign by the Tanzania Parliamentary following the gossips emerged that involved his lieutenants charged with torture, corruption, and killing during the implements to arrest the poachers.
George Pills a nature conservationist from Kenya said that the former minister was simply a sacrificial lamb to crimes he never personally made. He added that this no-nonsense former minister became a victim of his corrupt officials in the wildlife departments plus other units within his ministry, who succeeded to getting him out of offices so that they could continue with their intentions to wasting the wildlife plus forest resources of Tanzania.
Following the resignation of Kagasheki about a month ago, the country has lost nearly 60 elephants to the deadly hands of poachers, and just a week ago, a rhino was reportedly killed within the plains of Serengeti; this was a clear sign to the government of Tanzania that poachers had actually gained energy.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is in addition responsible for managing major tourist sites, such as the sixteen wildlife national parks, the Selous Game Reserve which is the largest and most pristine wildlife reserve in the whole of Africa and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area mainly renowned for its Ngorongoro Crater.