18 November 2012

Tanzania: Serengeti Park Puts Up Beacons in Tarime

Mara — NEW beacons have been placed at the borders of Serengeti National Park neighbouring villages in Tarime District.

"The exercise is almost complete in Tarime and our experts will move to another area", the chief park warden of Serengeti, Mr Mtango Mtahiko, told 'Sunday News' over the phone.

He strongly refuted claims by some leaders in the area that the exercise has been carried out without involving residents of the target villages. "A series of visits were made to the villages before the work commenced.

Tarime district council has been involved" , the chief park warden explained. In a related development, Tarime District Commissioner (DC) Mr John Henjewele urged residents living near the park to cooperate in the exercise.

Leaders complain that the exercise will affect dozens of families residing near the park especially at Kegonga and Masanga villages. "The beacons being put up are forcing a number of homes to remain inside the park.

This means that these families have to move to other areas," a leader who wished to remind anonymous lamented. More reports have it that the villagers are facing a serious problem of finding grazing areas forcing them to take their animals to graze in the park which is illegal .

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