Monday, January 20, 2014

Press Release by the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism regarding the killed Rhino in Serengeti

UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND TOURISM

PRESS RELEASE

Press,
We received a report on Saturday night of 18th January, 2014 at around 00:30, on attempt of poachers who killed a rhino ( Black rhino) at Moru, on the Southern part Serengeti National Park. Wildlife guards who patrolled the area discovered a shot dead rhino with his horns being poached.

On Friday 17th January, 2014, three armed robbers possessing SMG arms, who are thought to be among the poachers, had invaded and attack a minibus of travelers at around 15:00 in the evening in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and robbed money with other different possessions.

After we received the information, the Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in collaboration with Peace and Security Force, we have taken emergency measures by importing a search of poachers in all areas within the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as areas surrounding these parks.

We have ordered inspection in any car or person who enters or exit these parks as part of the criminals hunt. We request information from any citizen who doubts any unknown visitors around their residential areas to
report to the authorized authority. The reported three criminals are said to be from one of the East African Community member country, this implies that the poachers syndicate involved in killing of the rhino is large.

The government is now searching for the three criminals with all means necessary and we are asking citizens to cooperate by providing information on criminals, whenever possible, to the National Security force.


Early today morning, the Ministry has assigned Task Force (Rapid Response Team) comprising of 20 soldiers with special arms to add more force in searching for poachers and make sure they are found.

Serengeti National Park has a total of 32 rhinos (Black Rhinocerous), of which their natural habitat is in Serengeti. Among these, five rhinos (5 were brought from South Africa for a special project under the supervision of H.E. President, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, where one rhino was killed by poachers in December 2012.

The poaching situation in the country is getting worse day by day, the Government has been and will continue to fight against poachers and all economic sabotage through national resources.

The Government is implementing the resolutions of the National Assembly which were raised from the Natural Resources and Environment Parliamentary Committee headed by Hon . James Lembeli and has taken steps to specifically include the command of the President, by forming a Judicial Commission to
investigate allegations made against the Operesheni Tokomeza . The government intends to progress with Operation once remedies against the Operesheni Tokomeza have been solved. The Ministry has taken measures by suspending 23 of its employees who are facing various charges, including corruption and helping of poachers.

Despite the reports of arrests for ivory in various locations in the country, including the incident of a reported case in the Dar es Salaam Habour, we regret to inform the public that, early this month, Mrs. Salome
Aloyce (Sinza Madukani) , Mr Rajab Omar (Kigogo DSM), and Mr. Kadili Mohammed Kisanduku (taxi driver - Mbezi Luis DSM ) who were travelling to Dar es Salaam, were arrested in the Ugenza village in Mufindi, having transported elephant horns weighing 37 kilogram using a Toyota Corolla car, with registration number T 580 ABL, owned by Mr . Florian Elias of Dar es Salaam. These suspects are now detained by the police for further legal action.

ISSUED BY

MINISTERIAL HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATION UNIT

17.01.2014

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