Final Word on Tanzania Hunting Block Allocations


Published: October - 2012

Now that the new Tanzania tourism minister has settled in, what is the final word on the 2013 hunting block allocations? I checked in with Eric Pasanisi, chairman of the Tanzania Hunting Operators Association, (TAHOA) regarding rumors that some operators were still pursuing law suits against the government over the hunting block allocations announced at the Safari Club International convention by former Tourism Minister Ezekiel M. Maige. You'll recall that Maige was removed from office this past spring by the president of Tanzania and replaced with Khamis Kagasheki, who promised to address the issues regarding allocations. (See my report in the June 2012 issue.) That reportedly encouraged various operators to continue pressing their cases.

Pasanisi seemed surprised that I heard safari operators were still challenging the 2013 allocations. "The minister has made it very clear that all the allocations signed by Maige and announced at SCI are final unless corruption in the allocation can be proven," said Pasanisi. "Even if someone can prove that, the blocks in question would not simply be returned to the previous concession holder but would go back up for tender." In fact, Minister Kagasheki addressed this in parliament, stating that he is not going to reverse any allocations. You can see the list of concessions allocated to each company on The Hunting Report website under Website Uploads.

I asked specifically about several cases, and Pasanisi basically said they were wasting their time and their attorneys were milking them of money. Reportedly, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has sent rejection letters to all the companies challenging the allocations. That made me wonder about the situation I previously told you about concerning Lake Natron and Tanzania Wildlife Company (512-689-3796; www.tanzaniaquest.com). You'll recall, Jack Brittingham had told me that Minister Maige had promised him and his attorney that Lake Natron (which was split into two concessions and allocated to other companies) would be given back to Tanzania Wildlife Company (formerly TAWICO) due to a special contract between the Government of Tanzania and the owners of Tanzania Wildlife Company when TAWICO was sold. Supposedly, the contract guarantees........(continued)

 
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