President Samia Suluhu Hassan, has appointed the Conservator William Simon Mwakilema to be the new Commissioner of Conservation for the Tanzania National Parks.
Commissioner Mwakilema, who was the Deputy Conservation Commissioner in-charge of Conservation and Business Development at TANAPA takes over from Dr Allan Herbert Kijazi.
An official statement from the Director of Communications at the State House in Dodoma, Jaffar Haniu indicates that, Commissioner Mwakilema appointment commenced on the 8th of January 2022.
Former TANAPA Commissioner, Dr Kijazi, meanwhile assumes his new role as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Land, Housing and Settlements. He was moved onto his new docket during the recent Cabinet reshuffle.
Commissioner Mwakilema is an old hand in the country’s conservation history as well as encyclopeadia of Tanzania tourism.
The new Head of TANAPA once served as the Chief Conservator for the country’s popular destination, the Serengeti. Duyring his tenure there, Mwakilema steered this famous National Park into a globally acclaimed Safari site of greater importance.
Serengeti, the home to wildebeests migration has been winning World Travel and Global Destination Awards for many years.
With 21 National Parks under its charge, the Tanzania National Parks essentially drives the country’s tourism industry and conservation sector, not forgetting hosting many of Africa’s top ranking hotels and lodges striding the parks.
“We are grateful and indeed indebted to Her Exellency President Samia Suluhu for appointing Commissioner Mwakilema in this noble position. As we wish him the best in discharging his duties, the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators remain supportive and committed to work with him for the greater goodness of the Tourism Industry and Destination Tanzania.”Sirili Akko – Executive Secretary for the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)
The East African travel industry relies of wildlife gazing through game drives in the parks.
However, National Parks and Game Reserves in Tanzania, accounting for 37 percent of total land area, also play the role of water resevoirs, catchment areas as well as off-setting effects of climate change.