Tanzania’s new national parks chairman vows to fight poaching

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The newly appointed chairman of Tanzania’s national parks, a retired army general, he vowed to use a paramilitary unit in the fight against poaching.

George Waitara, former Chief of Defence Forces with the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), declared that the days of poachers are numbered.

President John Magufuli in November last year appointed General Waitara chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA).

Waitara said his team will also focus on resolving the wildlife-livestock conflicts and a host of other problems plaguing the country’s national parks.

He also made it clear that TANAPA will not tolerate dishonest and unscrupulous officials.

Jumanne Maghembe, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, has challenged the TANAPA Board of Directors to hit the ground running in resolving wildlife-livestock conflicts, promoting tourism, and combating poaching.

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