Airport beefs up security in fight against smuggling (Tanzania)


Adam Ihucha, The Citizen

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The Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (KADCO), which operates the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) operator, has beefed up security at the facility to curb smuggling out of national trophies and minerals. 
It has extended security operations across the 110sq km airfield to counter growing transorganised crime at the gateway. 
The move is a response to the recent seizure of the largest haul of smuggled Tanzanite gemstone, 60 lion teeth and 261 claws as well as a giraffe skull. 
The KADCO acting managing director, Mr Bakari Murusuri, said they have reinforced security across the airport and its surroundings in their latest efforts to protect the national resources from being smuggled out through the airport. 
“People may notice a major security change at KIA, particularly extra security patrols, extra checks and extra vigilance in a bid to combat trans-organized crime targeting our national trophies and minerals,” Mr Murusuri said. 
KADCO now involves the community around the airport in impromptu patrols, conducts regular security consultations to change tactics, raise security awareness to all airport workers and step up security.