Traditional leaders condemn poaching (Zimbabwe)
Obert Siamilandu, News Day
November 22, 2023
Traditional leaders in Kariba district have condemned wildlife poaching in
the area, adding that the crime was detrimental to the development of
tourism in the district.
Kariba’s tourism is anchored on wildlife, hence the need for conservation,
but despite a significant drop in elephant poaching, the practice was
rampant among other smaller animals.
Speaking during the Biodiversity Conservation Indaba held in Kariba
recently, the traditional leaders called for more action to ensure Zimbabwe
protects its natural resources.
“We must remain vigilant and proactive as intelligence has shown us that
the higher the illegal demand of game products and the rewards translate to
an increase in the rate of poaching,” Chief Musambakaruma, born Muchaneta
“Tourists come from as far as China, Europe and the Americas to view our
wildlife, so we must protect them from all forms of threats.”
Chief Mola, born Charles Rare, also weighed in saying the impact of
poaching was being felt in the rural areas.
He urged authorities to work with traditional leaders in curbing the vice.
“As traditional leaders, when poaching rises our communities are affected.
We, therefore, denounce poaching at all levels as it has no benefit to our
communities,” Chief Mola said.
“Our success in the protection of this iconic species (elephants) will
obviously translate to our success in protecting many other endangered
species that also rely on or occupy the same habitats.”
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks)
mid-Zambezi Cluster regional manager Felix Chimeramombe said the country
should use successes in protecting elephants as a test case for
“I have hope that our children and future generations will have the
opportunity to inherit our heritage and observe elephants in the wild,
co-existing with local communities who have a vested interest in protecting
them and their habitats,” he said.
African Wildlife Foundation country director Olivia Mufute said Zimbabwe
had not experienced elephant poaching in protected areas like Mana Pools
“As the African Wildlife Foundation, we are happy to have championed
cordial relations between Zimbabwe and Zambian wildlife conservation law
enforcement agents,” she said.
“The development promotes effective anti-poaching efforts in the Mid
Zambezi Valley and significantly contributes to conserving wildlife,
reducing poaching and trafficking as major causes of decline of key
Law enforcement agencies from Zimbabwe and Zambia undertook a joint river
patrol in September last year to strengthen cross-border wildlife
conservation and anti-poaching patrol effectiveness in the Mid Zambezi
The patrol which started from Chirundu to Kariba Dam was done through
funding from a CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants grant.