Why having many national parks in Tanzania and yet no yields
It is an amazing phenomenon for
the Parliamentary Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Tourism to have seen
that Tanzania 12 national parks which are increasingly becoming a burden to the
Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). They said in a statement that while
there are 16 national parks in the country, only four are making profit and the
remaining 12 are dormant. The revelations come at a time when hunting tourism,
for instance, has steadily been declining in the past five years. Official
figures show that between 2010 and 2015, the sector’s revenue dropped from
23.5million US dollars to 11.2 million US dollars respectively. The “12 parks
suffer poor infrastructure and receive inadequate adverts and promotion,” said
Ms Kemilembe Lwota, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee. The Committee could
not reveal names of the underperforming parks but added that the team had also
identified poaching and land disputes to be taking a huge toll on the national
parks. “Members were amused with the level at which the national parks
authority is engaging locals in ensuring border challenges are solved
amicably,” she said. Ms Lwota told parliamentarians that the tourism sector is
crucial for the country’s economic development.
Giraffes at a national park kn Tanzania
The Committee is optimistic
that the existence and full-implementation of a comprehensive strategy on all
tourist destinations will boost the sector’s contribution. “Tanapa should
identify some areas where they can create a mini-zoo. This is chiefly to
tourists who run out of time to visit national parks,” she advised. The Bunge
Committee expressed concern over the 6.08 million US dollars spent to prepare a
comprehensive city master plan of the African Geneva and Tanzania’s tourist
hub, Arusha. While the Committee expressed satisfaction of the million dollar
project, it urged the same should be rolled out for every city in the country
to boost tourism. On poaching, the Committee revealed that wildlife traffickers
are developing more devastating techniques which include use of poison, calling
the government to frequently adopt new tactics to respond to the global
problem. There is “need to provide more sophisticated weapons, communications
and strategies and establishing a special task force to fight poachers.” The
Committee approved use of para-military personnel in surveying and guarding the
world’s famous national parks. It equally urged the Natural Resources and
Tourism Ministry to involve wananchi surrounding the parks in the war against
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.