EIA's executive Director, Mary Rice said "the ivory trade must be disrupted at all levels of criminality, the entire prosecution chain needs to be systemically restructured, corruption rooted out and all stakeholders, including communities exploited by the criminal syndicates and those on the front lines of enforcement, given unequivocal support."
Eyes on Tanzania
Now it seems that the necessary political change has begun. Rolf Paasch, Tanzania country director for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung political foundation, told the Guradian: "In Swahili there is a saying, 'If you want to sweep the stairs, you have to start from the top'. He says "Magufuli's personal interventions are an encouraging sign."
Of particular importance, as far as elephants are concerned, is Magufuli's firing of the director general of the Tanzania Ports Authority, Awadhi Massawe, and the permanent secretary in the transport ministry, Shaaban Mwinjaka following the disappearance of over 2,700 shipping containers at the port. "President Magufuli has also disbanded the board of directors of the ports authority due to its failure to take action against the Dar es Salaam port's long history of poor performance," the prime minister's office said in a statement.