THE survival of Mara River Basin is under threat due to increased massive deforestation, Serengeti officials have warned, calling for immediate intervention from the central government."This is an important resource blessed with several beautiful animals
but it being damaged at very high speed", Serengeti District Council Chairman Mr John Ng'oina told this news paper early this week.
Deforestation is also almost rendering large part of the river basin which forms part of Serengeti eco-system into a desert , according to the top District Council leader. "People have been cutting down trees to produce charcoal that is sometime shifted to neighbouring country. We are now asking the government to help us in conserving this forest (Mara river basin). We (Serengeti District Council) alone can't manage," said Mr Ng'oina.
He cited frequent floods in Serengeti villages located near the Mara River as a vivid example demonstrating that the river was now under a big threat. He expressed fear that the floods will plunge hundreds of peasants residing near Mara River into starvation in the coming months.
The river basin is reportedly having a variety of beautiful animals that are rarely found in other parts of the country, according to him. The river discharges water into Lake Victoria on the Tanzanian side. The river has also waterfalls that can serve as one of the best tourist attraction in the lake zone region if seriously