Tanzania Banned Hunting Company; Threatens Court Action

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    Green Miles Safari (GMS), a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based company whose hunting licence in the Selous Game Reserve has been revoked, says it will sue the government for stopping its operations there.

    It said the decision to cancel the licence would cause it to incur huge losses amounting to $10 million (Sh16 billion).

    The minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, on Friday announced the annulment of the firm’s hunting blocks – Lake Natron Game Controlled Area (East), Gonabis/Kidunda WMA and MK1 –Selous.

    The minister accused the company of hunting with automatic weapons fitted with silencers, hunting female and young animals and using vehicles to chase and knock down animals, all prohibited in the law.

    The company has also been accused of allowing visitors to hunt unaccompanied by a professional hunter or game scout, hunting animals and birds not listed on its licence and allowing a client younger than 18 years to hunt.

    He said he took the steps based on video evidence presented in Parliament in a matter brought up by Iringa Urban opposition MP the Rev Peter Msingwa.

    But according to Mr Aloyce Komba, a lawyer and advocate for GSM, the company will be seeking compensation running into billions of shillings for the minister’s move. He lamented that since 2013 when they obtained the licence running to 2018, it has not had a smooth run.

    He accused Mr Nyalandu of being pro an America hunting firm which is a business rival.

    “The essence of all this is due to the existing conflict in Lake Natron Game Controlled Area (East), formerly known as Lake Natron Game Controlled Area (North) hunting block which is legally owned by GSM,” said Mr Komba.

    Mr Komba claimed that the American company was not happy when GSM won the licence in an area where they themselves had an interest.
    Neither minister Nyalandu nor the said American company could be reached for comment.

    “Surprisingly, up to the moment the minister took the decision, GSM was not accorded the right to reply or be heard,” Mr Komba said while also accusing the Rev Msigwa and Mr James Lembeli who is the Parliamentary Committee chairman for Land, Environment and Natural Resources of witch-hunting.

    Meanwhile in Arusha, it has emerged that GSM is in conflict with another company over hunting rights in Lake Natron area.

    The firm had been stopped on court orders to hunt in the Lake Natron Game Controlled Area alongside Wengbert Windrose Safaris since August last year.
    The orders which followed a commercial dispute, were given by the Commercial Court of Tanzania prohibiting the two companies to undertake tourist hunting in the area unless otherwise stated.


    Speaking to journalists in Longido last week, an official of Wengbert Safaris Mr Alfred Joseph, said they were surprised why the rival company was allowed to continue hunting in the area.
    “We don’t know where they got the permit to continue hunting in contravention of the court order,” he said, noting that tourist hunting has involved foreigners who have to get special permits.

    According to WWS officials, some of the hunting blocs were allocated to a rival company (Green Miles Safaris), a measure which forced them to challenge the offer in court.

    Source: The Citizen July 17
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    Interesting report Brickburn.
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    Thanks for the find Brick...

    I have read where a company operating in or near this area was moving small villages and livestock off the land at gun point. Shooting protected animals...and so on. sounds like the outfit that was being investigated, right country (UAE) anyway.
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    DSC Praises Tanzania’s Crackdown on Green Mile Safari Co.

    DALLAS -- Reacting to egregious, alleged violations in hunting ethics and laws, Tanzanian wildlife officials have revoked all hunting licenses and concessions for Green Mile Safari Co. The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) had urged the crackdown and is praising the move as a strong step for hunting and conservation.

    According to media reports, the safari company, a private outfit owned by United Arab Emirates families, is threatening to sue the Tanzanian government for lost revenue caused by the revocation.

    Allegations against Green Mile include hunting with automatic weapons, hunting female and young animals, using vehicles to chase and knock down animals and hunting protected species.

    In March, a DVD showing this and other deplorable behavior found its way to DSC. The club contacted Tanzania’s new Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources, the Honorable Lazaro S.

    Nyalandu, to express indignation over the safari company’s apparent misconduct. Nyalandu had been appointed to his position only two months earlier.

    Then-president of DSC, John Patterson, said in a letter that the club, “strongly believes that one of the most important tools the Ministry can use in its efforts to conserve the country’s wildlife is to only award concessions to safari operators who will abide by the highest ethical standards and uphold the rule of law – and to remove those who do not.”

    Nyalandu acted against Green Mile after the DVD was shown in Parliament.

    “Today we applaud and support Minister Nyalandu for his courageous action,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “Tanzania has seen its share of difficulties in prosecuting poachers and safari operators who flagrantly violate laws, so this move is a noteworthy and welcome change. We’re hopeful that Minister Nyalandu’s decision will withstand the threatened legal challenge.”

    Green Mile operated two hunting concessions in the Selous Game Reserve and one in Arusha.

    DSC has pledged to continue working with Nyalandu to ensure sustainability of Tanzania’s wildlife, wild places and rich hunting heritage.



    Source: Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
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    If they were doing that they are truly criminals. I hope the Minster sticks to his position and removes these crooks from the field permanently.

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