Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 June 2012

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Nabs 53 Poachers

Moshi — THE ongoing campaign that has been tailored to net perpetrators of environmental degradation has born fruit following the arrest of 53 poachers who were found harvesting forest products and killing wild animals in the conservation areas.

The suspected criminals were found at Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA), Chome, Shegena and Rau between January and May this year, it was revealed here on Thursday.

Addressing village and ward functionaries from Rombo, Moshi, Hai, Siha and Logindo, which borders Mount Kilimanjaro half mile strip, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Leonidas Gama said that during the crackdown, some 3,295 pieces of timber were seized as well as seven saws.

He said the nabbed suspects were prosecuted before courts of law and fined a total of 1.5m/-. He added that the arrest of the suspects was a clear indication that there were some people who were yet to realize the importance of conserving the environment.

Their destructive activities include indiscriminate felling of trees from the catchment area inside the six-mile strip of forests.The RC told the audience that Thursday's inductive seminar was intended to enlighten the participants on the importance of environmental conservation. He said that everyone should see the importance of protecting forests.

Meanwhile, Mr Gama has highly commended Rombo district for emerging overall winner after planting about 1,339,240 tree seedlings, followed by Moshi municipality (1,230,000 seedlings). He said that he has convened an extra-ordinary Regional Consultative Committee session which will be held here on Saturday where every Municipal or District Executive Director will present evaluation reports on action taken to restore the region's forest and natural vegetation cover.

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