TANAPA deputy commissioner promises new era of conservation efforts

By Lake Zone Watch Writer

Newly-appointed Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Deputy Conservation Commissioner, Massana Gibril Mwishawa, was yesterday sworn-in in Arusha as the head of Conservation and Business Development.

This is a key position in the TANAPA hierarchy as envisaged by the government agency’s Board of Trustees which appointed Mwishawa on April 29, 2024.

Before his promotion to the new position, Mwishawa was the Senior Assistant Commissioner and was the Commander of Conservation in the Eastern Zone which comprises Nyerere National Park, Mikumi, Saadani and the undulating Udzungwa Mountains.

Speaking after Mwishawa’s swearing-in ceremony, TANAPA Conservation Commissioner Mussa Nasoro Kuji urged his new deputy to stick to the principles of good governance – accountability and transparency — in the performance of his duties.

“We’ve trust in you because of your professionalism, experience, honesty, and the will to perform your duties without fear or favour,” Kuji said.

“Always try to be innovative in coming up with sustainable strategies to enhance both the conservation and tourism sector to enable them contribute to the nation’s goals of economic growth in supporting President Samia’s call for improving the welfare of the people in general,” he added.

On his part, Mwishawa said, among other things, he would strive to strengthen conservation efforts and face the challenges standing on the way to his new job.

“You’ve entrusted me with a heavy load and I promise to continue in ensuring that our national parks are safe,” Mwishawa said.

TANAPA is responsible for the management of the country’s national parks, whose income is reinvested into the organisation

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