4 May 2013

Tanzania: National Reserve Areas Strictly for Nature - Nyalandu

Dodoma — GOVERNMENT has no plans of allowing the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) to use of National Reserve Areas for military exercises.

Responding to a basic question asked by Ms Betty Machangu, (Special Seats - CCM), the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu said one of the major reasons for not allowing the military to use the reserved areas to conduct military exercises, is because TPDF uses firearms during the exercises.

Ms Machangu wanted to know why TPDF does not use National Reserve Areas to conduct exercises so as to beef up security in those areas.Nyalandu said such exercises make use live ammunition that will affect tourism in those national reserved areas.

"Such exercises are not allowed in the reserved areas due to the fact that live ammunition is used and this will affect tourists visiting those areas," he explained.In a related development, the deputy minister said that aerial patrols around Mount Kilimanjaro are only done when climate conditions allow.

Mr Nyalandu explained that a lot of patrols around Mount Kilimanjaro are conducted on foot and have yielded a lot of positive results and has helped reduce destruction on national reserve forests.The deputy minister, however, explained that aerial patrols will continue to be employed in open areas in the Kilimanjaro reserved area.

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