By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIAN authority has announced to hire 54 hunting blocks available within game reserves, controlled and open areas in some regions.
According to Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA) the tourist hunting blocks are found in regions of Katavi, Iringa, Morogoro, Lindi, Kigoma and Morogoro will be under tenure ownership of a period of four years from year 2018.
The authority said in a statement that the decision to rent the blocks was taken following the Regulation 8 (1) of the Wildlife Conservation (Tourist Hunting) Regulations of 2015 Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority.
In accordance with the tourist hunting regulations, no person shall be considered for allocation of a hunting block unless it has meet various requirements including company’s registration certificate
Other requirements are to have director(s) who has five years experience in wildlife based business and conservation in Tanzania; and te shares to be owned by the citizens shall not be less than twenty five percent of subscribed shares.
Meanwhile private ownership of hunting blocks ends in 2018 after which the government will conduct an extensive assessment on the future use of all the blocks in the country.
The assessment will help in deciding which blocks should continue to be used for hunting and which should be used for other tourist purposes.
Experts say law and its regulations have vested a lot of discretional powers on the Minister and the Director of Wildlife.
These powers open a leeway for abuse of power and corrupt practices. The Minister personally, has wide powers which include; declaring blocks, granting and cancelling allocations, approve transfers and so forth.
The Director on the other hand has powers on issuing licenses, permits, hunting block certificate of grant, setting standards of trophies for each hunting company.
Some lawyers having been in the forefront during the 2013 – 2018 tenure grants and its aftermath, opines that most of the existing hunting blocks’ disputes (which are more than 20) could have been avoided if the discretional powers of these key executives were thinned.
A lot of failed bidders claimed foul play and that the allocation decision were uninformed and one sided. A number of cases are still pending in the High Court of Tanzania and most with injunctive writs invoked to completely paralyze the tourism investment intended.