Monday, June 6, 2016

Beware of infected buffaloes, tourism minister warns

NATURAL Resources and Tourism Minister, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, has warned against possible infectious cases of wildlife tuberculosis being passed from buffaloes to livestock in areas that stride National Parks. Prof Maghembe warned livestock keepers, especially free roaming grazers, against venturing into areas reserved for wildlife, such as National Parks because this not only is against the law but also places their domestic animals in danger of contacting ailments. Earlier, the minister inaugurated the Board of Directors for the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, which operates from Njiro in the Themi Hill section of Arusha City. TAWIRI’s new board, which was officially launched by Prof Maghembe, follows the recent appointment by President John Magufuli of Prof Apollinaria Pereka as the new Board Chairman of the Nation’s wildlife oriented Research Institute. 

Tanzania's Natural Resources and Tourism Minister, Professor  Jumanne Maghembe.

TAWIRI Board panel comprises of eleven members. The newly-launched board becomes the 5th TAWIRI governing panel since the establishment of the research institution way back in 1980. Prof Pereka, while appreciating the appointment, reminded the minister that it has been difficult for the research institute to implement its Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 due to financial constraints. “So far, TAWIRI has received only 9 per cent of the allocated operating funds for the fiscal year ending next July,” he said. On his part, the minister assured the new board of his support and that the government was very aware of the fact that TAWIRI has won recognition within and beyond the African continent in developing competitive research proposals. Among the newly-named TAWIRI Board Members is the Director General for Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Dr Allan Kijazi, the Conservator for Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, Dr Freddy Manongi and the Director General for the Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA), Martin Loibooki.

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