SERENGETI Member of Parliament Mr Kebwe Steven Kebwe wants the government to investigate the recent killing of two rhinos in Serengeti National Park.
Mr Kebwe said in Dar es Salaam on Saturday that the incident took place between last month and early this month. The two rhinos, Sarah and its calf were found dead and their horns hacked off at Moru area within the Park.
"It is surprising that these two rhinos were killed but the rangers on duty did not notice the incident until several days later.
This is quite unusual and government should investigate the matter," he said. Mr Kebwe said the government had installed special gadgets to protect the rhinos from poachers, adding that it was very unfortunate that the rhinos were killed.
"These devices set off an alarm whenever a human being gets into the radius of at least some 600 metres from the animals. I am upset this latest incident went unnoticed," he noted.The MP noted that in South Africa's Kruger National Park where over 70 per cent of the global population of rhino inhabits, an investigation has established that rangers are usually responsible for such poaching.
In a related development, the MP said it was high time that government considered reviewing the salaries of personnel who work in the National Parks, warning that poor working environment could tempt them to conspire with poachers. He added that the 461 game wardens were not a sufficient number of manpower to provide adequate security to the Serengeti conservation area.
"In order to greatly improve security, the government should engage modern technologies such as unmanned drones which are aircraft used for surveillance as well as equipping the staff with sophisticated weapons," he said. The killing of two rhinos happens after another rhino named George was killed in Serengeti in 2010. George was among the five Eastern Black Rhinos brought from South Africa.