Minister suspends five Rukwa forestry officials

11Mar 2016
The Guardian
Minister suspends five Rukwa forestry officials

NATURAL Resources and Tourism Minister, Prof Jumanne Maghembe on Wednesday suspended five forestry officers in Rukwa Region for failure to manage forest resources.

Prof Jumanne Maghembe

The officials are also suspected of failing to protect the Kalambo Falls Forest Reserve from illegal loggers.

Among those who have been suspended include Southern Highland Acting Manager of the Tanzania Forestry Service (TFS), Bruno Mallya and Rukwa Regional Natural Resources Officer, Nicholas Mchome.

Prof Maghembe said that the officials were suspended to pave way for investigations.

“In the meantime, we’ll bring in other officials to replace them as we wait for investigations to be completed,” the minister said when he made an impromptu visit in the region.

In Sumbawanga, Prof Maghembe held a two-hour meeting with the Regional Security Committee.

Thereafter he visited the Kalambo Forest Reserve and was astonished to see the way the forest was destroyed by illegal loggers and some tree species which are not allowed to be harvested were almost extinct.

He directed TFS to ensure that all logs available in the villages surrounding the Kalambo forest such as Kasitu , Safu, Jengeni and Kaluko are confiscated and taken to the Matai Police station and a team of experts from the ministry would evaluate the value of the log

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