Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Sky is Falling - Update

Firstly I would like to thank you all for your comments and support for stopping the construction of the airport in the Serengeti. On that note, to those of you who remember the one individual and organization that actually spoke out against the construction a Mr. Bigurube of the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), the one staunch advocate for maintaining the biodiversity of the area has retracted his comments, and in fact denied ever having said them.

In a local daily, A representative of TANAPA made a statement supporting the infrastructure development taking place in the Mara region, saying that "it is a positive force toward socio-economic development in the area, and will benefit the population immensely". TANAPA went on to say that the recent reports made about the Director General speaking out against the construction of an International Airport in the park were false, and in fact the DG denied even knowing that plans to build an airport existed. Saying "As far as TANAPA knows, there is no airport being built in the park, and if there is we do not have any information pertaining to it".

I am sure you readers have realized that the line between truth and lies, standing for a cause or manipulating a cause is very thin. The advocate for conservation, was in fact propagating a corporate agenda that is subject to change. Whether the airport really is being built or not, I have yet to establish, however one thing for sure is that the hope I had in public institutions has faltered, and whether the sky will remain blue or not is irrelevant, for it is falling upon our one-dimensional heads.


Black Shepherd said...

if there is no airport then what exactly will the development project entail? any details?

hj said...

Well I know one of the projects is a highway and road development. And thats the thing, I still suspect the airport is being built but it is being denied.