Mnangagwa positioning himself and his family (daughter joining anti-poaching squad) as the saviour of wildlife – having had a less positive role in the past. Could be ahead of charges against Grace Mugabe for ivory trade invoolvement – trying to make a total cotnrast with the evil mugabes. KS
December 20, 2017
President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday paid a visit to the Zimbabwe Parks
and Wildlife Management Authority to familiarise himself with the
operations of the organisation.
Addressing journalists after the tour, Zimparks director general Mr Fulton
Mangwanya said they invited the President to appreciate their operations.
“We invited him to see what we are doing as national parks,” he said. “As
you know, the national parks is part of the cog of tourism and as you know
the President is on the drive to make sure that tourism picks up. ?Visitors
come here for the heritage that we have and what we are doing is to push up
tourism so that we benefit as a country.”
Mr Mangwanya said they had also introduced the President to Akashinga, an
all-female team of rangers from Nyamakati in Hurungwe. “We have these
ladies who are doing a task which was usually done by men and it?” so
encouraging because in a lot of communities we actually have a lot of these
ladies who are doing nothing and they actually assist in the conservation
of our wildlife resources and it goes a long way in preserving our
animals,” he said.
The women were trained with the assistance of a non-governmental
organisation to carry out community conservation and improve their
Meanwhile, Mr Mangwanya said investigations into the origins of the ivory
that was intercepted at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport
recently were ongoing. Zimparks intercepted 200kg of Malaysia bound ivory
valued at $1 million.
A number of poachers have been arrested or killed in shoot-outs with
Zimparks rangers in the country?s wildlife reserves. Several elephants have
been killed by poachers through cyanide poisoning, especially in Hwange.