A British citizen, Mr. Roger Bower, who was a pilot, was brutality killed by poachers in the 2nd of February this year. Mr. Rogers chopper was shot down by poachers during a confrontation with them at the Maswa Game Reserve in Simiyu Region in Tanzania. Mr. Gower was providing services for anti-poaching the country.
The incident has been highly condemned by the president, through a statement issued to the Ministry of Natural resources and Tourism. In the statement the president stressed that the government will increase its efforts to fight against poaching and he also said “I personally support the fight against poaching in our game reserves and national parks. Also I urge various stakeholders not to be discouraged by the incident and instead let’s join hands against poachers.” The president also offered his sincere condolences the British Embassy.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof Jumanne Maghembe also spoke against this incident and assured that, no stone will be left unturn until these culprits are found and are brought to justice.
This very disturbing event, has drawn the world’s attention to Tanzania in a very negative way. International organization together with media were shocked of the news, involving the heroic death of a British citizen, fighting a war against poachers in the remote areas of Tanzania.
Poaching has become a very serious issue in Tanzania. Up to 60% of elephant population in the country have disappeared as a result of poaching since 2009, this is more than half. It is time for the government to act decisively on ways to deal with poaching, in order to protect animals, and combat these poaching curtails.
Along with Rogers, there was his co-pilot, Mr. Nicky Bester and a game security officer, who are both badly injured. Three elephants were also found dead in this incident.