FOR a longtime, the timber dealers were crying foul over existence of ‘excessive checkpoints’ for inspecting forest products on Mtwara-Dar es Salaam Highway.
During one of their meetings early this year held in Lindi Region, the latter expressed their deep concern against big number of the roadblocks which they described them as ‘catalyst’ to corruption seriously affecting their business.
The meeting was organised by Mama Misitu Campaign to bring together forestry stakeholders to discuss challenges in the timber trade and find a way forward.
For instance, they pointed out that between Nachingwea District in Lindi Region and Dar es Salaam, they were forced to travel through about 20 checkpoints. At each of these, their consignments were to undergo inspection by officials of the Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS) or district councils, situation which they said it caused major delays for cargo to reach the market. Read More