Operation across 5 years arrests 33,386 poachers, 2,500 firearms

19Nov 2020
The Guardian
Operation across 5 years arrests 33,386 poachers, 2,500 firearms

​​​​​​​OVER 30,000 poachers, some heavily armed with military weapons, were arrested in the past five years and the weapons confiscated.

Dr Allan Kijazi.

Dr Allan Kijazi, the conservation commissioner at the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) and Deputy Permanent Secretary said here yesterday that about 33,386 poachers and 2,501 weapons including military-issue firearms were seized.

He was speaking here yesterday when opening a training session for ministerial officials organized by the ministry in collaboration with PAMS Foundation, a solutions provider and forest monitoring NGO.

Various anti-poaching initiatives mounted during the period saw poaching activities drop by 70 per cent, he said.

The drop in poaching that was notorious in the 2007-2015 period followed intense operations conducted in conservation areas, by anti-poaching units in collaboration with other stakeholders.

He however warned unfaithful officials who engage in poaching, saying stern measures would be taken if proved to be involved in poaching.

The government is well mobilized in its preparations and implementing a national strategic plan for the control of poaching, and setting up a wildlife and forest protection unit. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com