Tanzanian President John Magufuli
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzanian authorities on Monday ordered people who have raided protected areas for wildlife and forests to leave immediately before they face the full force of the law.

Constantine Kanyasu, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said scores of people have raided protected areas on the ground that President John Magufuli had allowed them to encroach the areas.

Kanyasu said people were misusing an order made by the president in January and subsequently raided protected areas for farming, grazing livestock and housing.

“This is unacceptable and they should leave the protected areas immediately,” said Kanyasu when he addressed a public rally at Nyamgusu in Geita region, northwest of the east African nation.

“There are people who are raiding protected areas, especially forests, and start building houses and engaging in farming and grazing their animals on the ground that the president has allowed them to encroach the areas,” said the official.

On Jan. 15, President Magufuli ordered relevant authorities to suspend removal of 366 villages situated in protected areas for wildlife and forests.

President Magufuli directed responsible ministries to identify wildlife and forests protected areas which had no wildlife and forests and allocate them to farmers and livestock keepers. Enditem

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