In Tanzania, I learned that Zahir Mulla of Usangu Safaris (email@example.com) is one of the safari operators with pending appeals in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources. Mulla may be getting a new hunting concession. Seems he had appealed for a concession based on allegations that the government did not meet legal requirements when it incorporated his Usangu Game Reserve concession into Ruaha National Park several years ago. According to the law, the government was required to provide another hunting concession of equal value. Mulla says they gave him an open area that did not match the quality of his former concession, and he has been wrangling with the ministry ever since. Mulla says the matter was reviewed by the block allocation committee this past March and that the committee recommended Minister Maige give him two concessions. Maige was supposed to sign the paperwork in April, but did not get around to it. It is up to the new minister now.
Usangu, you'll recall, owes about $200,000 in trophy fees to the Tanzanian government. Mulla has promised to resolve the problem, but several Hunting Report subscribers are still waiting for trophies taken more than three years ago. Mulla says the only way for him to collect enough money to pay the government dues is to sell and conduct more safaris. In addition to that, he says his deal with the government was that he would host clients whose trophies were damaged during storage and the government would waive license and trophy fees for the replacement animals. "In principle, that is what we agreed with the block allocation committee," says Mulla.