Constitution and Legal Affairs minister Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi received the building on behalf of the government.
The building was built by Grumeti Fund at a cost of approximately 284m/-. The 288 square foot building has nine offices, a conference room, kitchen, store and three bathrooms.
“Besides bringing prosecution services closer to citizens, the prosecutions office will help curb large and small scale poaching activities” said Prof Kabudi at the official opening of the building on Tuesday.
“The best part is that other Grumeti Fund stakeholders, TAWA (Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority) and TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks) will also have their offices in this new building,” Prof Kabudi said, lauding Grumeti Reserves for investing heavily on tourism, conservation and community development activities.
He added that the Grumeti Fund’s scholarship program has immensely benefited hundreds of students in the surrounding communities.
For his part, Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) Sylvester Mwakitalu described the opening of the Serengeti district prosecutions office building as a historical event.
“Today is an important day. This is a big event; Serengeti has become the first district to have its own building for national prosecutions. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Grumeti Fund for constructing this building for us,” Mwakitalu said.
Mwakitalu added that the Serengeti District has the largest number of criminal offences associated with violation of wildlife conservation laws. A large part of Serengeti district is home to wildlife conservations areas including the Serengeti National Park, Ikorongo/Grumeti Reserves and Ikona Wildlife Management Area.
The DDP pledged to increase the number of public prosecutors and other staff at the district prosecutions office.
The Grumeti Fund constructed the building to enhance the performance of the district prosecution offices. “Grumeti Fund will continue to be a key supporter and partner in conserving the Serengeti ecosystem, and improving the welfare of the local communities in the Serengeti and Bunda districts,” said Noel Mbise, general manager at Grumeti Fund.
Grumeti Fund is a non–profit organization that supports conservation and community development activities in Serengeti District