494 cattle auctioned for invading game reserve

15Jun 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
494 cattle auctioned for invading game reserve

THE government decision to remove cattle from Moyowosi/Kigosi game reserve aims at scaling up tourism in the Lake zone and western zone regions.


The game reserve borders five regions—Kigoma, Shinyanga, Kagera, Geita and Tabora.

Speaking to journalists one day after auctioning 494 cattle, which were seized for the past three months, acting manager of Moyowosi/Kigosi game reserve, Iman Mkonda said: “The exercise to confiscate all cattle that will be found in the sanctuary is ongoing.”

He said that the auction was held on June 11, this year, whereby 234m/- was collected.

The official described the second game reserve after Selous is potential for tourism attraction; hence needs to be free from livestock.

“It is not right for the Moyowosi / Kigosi game reserve to invaded by pastoralists who take their cattle into it, the situation that puts wild animals run away as they look for pastures and security,” the official said.

“This area is very rich in biodiversity compared to what other people think…there are good number of wild animals…if this reserve is managed it’ll become a key tourist attraction in this Lake zone and the western part of the country,” he said, adding that the reserve has many sources of water and multiple of small lakes.

“Even Malagalasi river originate from the reserve.”

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