(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities on
Thursday closed four liquor making factories on the first day of
the crackdown against the outlawed sachet-packed liquors
The crackdown was conducted by officials from the Vice
President’s Office, National Environment Management Council (NEMC),
Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Bureau of
Standards (TBS), Tanzania Revenue Authority and the police.
Heche Suguta, the NEMC Senior Legal Officer, said in a
statement that most of the closed factories were operating
illegally and most were based in Tanzania’s commercial capital,
Dar es Salaam.
Suguta explained that soon after the government announced the
ban, most of the manufacturers opted to produce and hide the
According to the NEMC official, some of the factories were
also found producing goods which were not in their licenses.
For instance, the official said that some of the factories
were licensed to produce liquor but they were found producing
drinking water without permits from the responsible authorities
such as TBS and TFDA.
Suguta insisted that legal measures will be taken against
importers and manufacturers of the products who do not comply
with the government order.
Tanzania’s major crackdown on producers, importers,
distributors and consumers of alcoholic beverages packed in
plastic sachets started on March 2 this year and is meant to
enforce the ban on the sachet-packed liquor.
Tanzania to list Africa’s
tallest tree as tourist must-see
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania is
set to include the Africa’s tallest indigenous tree into the
list of the country’s must-visit tourist hotspots, authorities
The 81.5-meter Entandrophragma excelsum sits on one of the
foothills of yet Africa’s tallest mountain, the world-famous
Said Mecky Sadiki, Kilimanajaro Regional Commissioner, said
Monday he would lead a team of regional senior officials on the
tour to tree’s location to pave way for its pending launch and
"This is one of the untapped products, when it comes towards
promoting it so that it lures more visitors as other tourist
destinations do," the official said.
The approximately 600-year-old tree matches Africa’s previous
tree-height record established by a specimen of the introduced
Sydney blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna) in Limpopo, South Africa.
The previous South African record-holder died in 2006, making
the Tanzania’s the reigning tree when it comes to height. If
well marketed by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), the
attraction is likely to turn into a cash cow for the country.
It was first spotted by Andreas Hemp of the University of
Bayreuth in Germany, a researcher who was exploring Mount
Kilimanjaro’s vegetation some 20 years ago.
The unusual height of a bunch of trees he saw aroused his
curiosity but it was not until recently that his team was able
to measure their heights accurately using new tools.
Hemp and his team measured 32 specimens with laser
instruments between 2012 and 2016, finding that the 10 tallest
individuals ranged from 59.2 to 81.5 meters in height and 0.98
to 2.55 meters in diameter.
Hemp estimates from growth rates that the arboreal behemoths
are between 500 and 600 years old.
According to records, the world’s tallest trees are not
normally found in Africa.
The world record holder, a 116-metre-tall sequoia tree is
found in North America and in second position is a
100-metre-tall eucalyptus in Australia.
Scientists believe that Africa’s poor show in the world’s
tallest tree list may be attributed to both a shortage of
studies in the continent and the limited resources that prevent
them from getting too tall.
They say this is not the case with Kilimanjaro area known to
have nutrient-rich volcanic soils, high temperatures and
precipitation that may have helped drive the growth of Africa’s