A WILDLIFE conservation official at Serengeti National Park has recommended that the Kenya-Tanzania Borogonja border should remain shut to save both the park's environment and revenue among Tanzanian tour companies. The Borogonja border entry point in northern Tanzania was shut down in the past to prevent Kenyan tour operators from taking too much advantage of Serengeti National Park at the expense of Tanzanian tour operators and the environment, the Head Conservator of Serengeti National Park, Mtango Mtahiko, told Tanzania's Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which is visiting the national park this week. He recommended that the border should remain shut. Kenyan tour operators used to sneak tourists 17 kilometres into the Serengeti in Tanzania through the Kenyan Maasai Mara Game Park, saying it is all part of the Maasai Mara at the expense of Tanzanian tour operators. This was made possible through laxity at the Borogonja border area, according to Mtahiko. Tourists came into Tanzania; they watched the animals and returned back to Kenya without paying a cent, which necessitated the establishment of a border post in that area. The situation will revert back to the old way if the Borogonja border is opened, he said, arguing that there will be many disadvantages if this border post is opened. Disadvantages will include environmental degradation while Tanzanian tour companies will not be able to benefit from the park. "My advice is that this border should not be opened because this is going to affect tourism in Tanzania. The government should think about this now that the country has signed co-operation agreements," Mtahiko said, adding that Kenyans have been putting pressure to force construction of a tarmac road in the park, something which is not good. The pressure has been that the road should pass through areas like Nyamrumbwa, an area known to be a breeding ground for animals. The Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Acting Managing Director, Allan Kijazi, said construction of a tarmac road in the Serengeti will bring the same consequences as those faced by Mikumi National Park where a tarmac road passes right in the middle of the park. Many animals are killed by being knocked by speeding cars. Raphael Chegeni, a committee member who is Member of Parliament for Busega Constituency, said politicians should take into consideration the advice they get from technocrats. The committee has completed its tour of the Serengeti. Their next leg will be Manyara National Park and later Tarangire National Park. Source:This day.