By Azania Post Reporter
THE Tanzanian government is contemplating to table a bill in the Parliament that would see people who are killed by wild animals get enough compensation, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Japhet Hasunga has said.
Deputy Minister was responding to a question by Mikumi Legislator Joseph Haule who said that the current compensation of shillings 20,000 for people killed by wild animals was too small.
The affected area is close to the wildlife corridors where the largest mammals cross from Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa national parks to drink water in Lukosi and Great Ruaha rivers.
“I want first to change the name consolation fee to compensation in order to see the amount is increased there is a need to review the wild animal act,” the MP said
Speaking during a question and answer session in Dodoma today, Hasunga said the bill would be tabled to the parliament in near future.
He said the government has been taking various measures to reduce death or injuries caused by the wild animals in various reserved national parks.
One of the measures include construction of string fences soaked in engine oil mixed with ground chill to chase away elephants.
He said farmers around Mikumi National Park in Tanzania have been constructing fences around ripening crops, and there have been no incidents of fences being broken by elephants.
Hasunga also said the government has provided 180 bee hives for Maharaka villagers in Mikumi to enable them chase away wild animals from their areas.