Remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator at the launch of the Rapid Reference Guide for Investigators & Prosecutors of Wildlife & Forests Crimes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Excellency, Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania,

Hon. Dr. Palamagamba Kabudi, Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs,          

Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism,

Hon. Minister Mwigulu Nchemba, Minister of Home Affairs,

Mr. Biswalo Mganga, Director of Public Prosecutions,

Colleagues from the UN system, development partners and members of the press,

Excellencies, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen.

Habari za Asubuhi!

 

Katika tukio hili la aina yake Ningependa kuanza kwa kuishukuru serikali ya jamhuri ya Muungano ya Tanzania kwa jitihada zinazoendelea katika kupambana na makosa ya uwindaji haramu wa Wanyama. Hii inaonyesha dhamira ya ukweli ya serikali ya Tanzania kufikia malengo ya  mpango wa Taifa wa  miaka mitano, unaozingatia ukuaji wa mapato yanayopatikana katika mali asili, ikiwemo kuzuia uwindaji haramu na kuendelea kutangaza utalii. Kwa hili ninasema hongereni sana!

 

Tanzania has pledged her commitment globally, to collaborate and put efforts in addressing the threat of the survival of forest and wildlife resources. It has done this by ratifying and implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, as well as the Convention on Biological Diversity, both of which recognizing the threat of disappearance of biological diversity of flora and fauna, which are global assets of tremendous value to present and future generations.

Kwa jitihada zote hizi, ninarudia tena kuipongeza serikali kwa kusimamia haya kikamilifu!

Mengi yamefanyika kulinda rasilimali za Tanzania lakini bado kuna changamoto mbalimbali. Many countries, including Tanzania face challenges in protecting their treasured natural resources and may suffer devastating consequences should protection efforts fail.

Despite the best efforts of the authorities in Tanzania, seizures of illegally trafficked wildlife products originating from this country continue to be made in other parts of the world. These instances provide a clear indication that more remains to be done to prevent the exploitation of Tanzania’s flora and fauna, and to bring those behind it to justice

Kuna haja ya kuongeza jitihada Zaidi ili kuhakikisha kwamba watu wote wanaojihusisha na ujangili wanachuliwa hatua stahiki. Mwongozo huu unaozinduliwa leo, unalenga kuimarisha kazi ianyofanywa na wapelelezi pamoja na waendesha mashtaka wa kesi zinazohusiana na ujangili.

Firstly, The Rapid Reference Guide contains a set of mandatory Standing Operating Procedures issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions. These ensure, for example, the early engagement of a prosecutor to have oversight of the case, and introduce new tools to assist in the professionalization in the way cases are investigated and prosecuted.

Secondly,it lists all wildlife and forestry offences on the statute book, together with crimes that may be associated with them, such as firearms, corruption, money laundering and organised crime offences. It goes on to break down the elements to prove for each crime, and provides guidance on the potential sources of evidence.

Thirdly,it provides guidance on a range of topics, such as the handling of exhibits, bails submissions and international cooperation to assist in the building and presentation of cases.

The project was led by the DPP, who appointed a small working group, coordinated by experts from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and supported by UN Environment, Space for Giants and USAID PROTECT Project.

Ningependa kumshukuru Bwana Mganga kwa uongozi wake na hii inatuhakikishia kwamba tufanikiwa. Pia ninapenda kuwashukuru wote walioshiriki katika kufanikisha upatikanaji wa mwongozo huu. In particular, I would like to thank the four members of his staff who participated in the working group, and whose expertise, knowledge and dedication over the past 18 months have shaped the final product.

I would also like to thank the Government of the United States of America, whose generous financial contribution supported the whole process of conceptualisation, development and production of this Rapid Reference Guide.

But the story does not end here, because having produced the Rapid Reference Guide and Standard Operating Procedures manual, the task begins today of training those investigators and prosecutors who will use it in their work, and need to understand how to use it, and the tools it introduces, and how this will help them to build and present stronger, more watertight cases.

Over 450 investigators and prosecutors are to receive training in a series of 17 workshops around the country. The training will be conducted by a specially trained team from the police, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, and the office of the DPP using materials developed by UNODC based on a Tanzanian trafficking case. The training has been made possible through a collaboration between the United Nations and a number of development partners, including USAID PROTECT Project, the PAMS Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund.

As we all celebrate this milestone, we call upon the government of Tanzania to establish mechanisms that will ensure the Rapid Reference Guides and the Standard Operating Procedures to be launched today are fully adhered to.  Also, effective law enforcement measures remain critical to ensure the rule of law and enhanced compliance.

Umoja wa Mataifa utaendelea kufanya kazi na wadau wake wote kuhakikisha kwamba ujangili unatokomezwa.

Mwisho kabisa, nawatakia kila la kheri wote wale watakaokuwa wanatumia mwongozo huu katika kazi zao za kila siku. Ninatumaini kwamba mtafanya kazi nzuri na yenye manufaa kwa Tanzania.

Kupanga ni Kuchagua!

Asanteni Sana!