By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
newly appointed head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
(MNRT), Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla, has revoked previous hunting block
allocations there, announcing plans to reallocate blocks to operators
via a new auction system. Kigwangalla directed the MNRT to put an
auction system in place within 60 days. The 60-day time frame presumably
dates from Oct. 24, when Kigwangalla first announced that 2018 hunting
permits (to be issued in Jan.) would be revoked.
first reported the revocation of hunting permits in an Oct. 25 news
sent to Email Extra subscribers. At that time, it
was not clear that Kigwangalla intended to terminate hunting block
allocations. We sent out a second
on Nov. 7, by which time Kigwangalla had announced
that the MNRT would redo the allocation process through auction for
2018. Allocations had already been granted in 2017 through the usual
process for a period of five years from 2018 to 2022. These were made in
accordance with Tanzania's Wildlife Conservation Act of 2009 and are
considered to be legally binding.
and the MNRT's actions could have major negative consequences for the
hunting industry in Tanzania, as operators likely would be unable to
honor current bookings for their hunting blocks and unable to sell hunts
on specific blocks during the upcoming show season....