By Sibonginkosi Maphosa
Chief director and National coordinator in the Ministry of Environmental, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality, Dr Prosper Matondi has shared his expected outcome after the Wildlife policy has been reviewed.
Speaking to our senior reporter Sibonginkosi Maphosa on the sidelines of the Consultative meeting held in Bulawayo yesterday, Dr Matondi said he acknowledges that the reviewing of the policy is going to be a big game changer in the Wildlife sector considering the fact that a lot has changed in the past two and half decades , which is the last the time the policy was reviewed.
Dr Matondi however said his ministry is taking into cognisance the growth of human population in the past 25 years something that he said is a major contributor in the human/ wildlife conflict as there is scramble for land.
Dr Matondi said his Ministry will do Consultative meetings in areas which are rich in wildlife which are Matebeland South , Matebeland North and Mashonaland East so as to come up with a policy that is comfortable for both humans and Wildlife.
Meanwhile Dr Matondi said this policy is expected to go inline with the National Development Strategy 1 which seeks to improve Zimbabwe to an upper middle class economy by 2030.
Speaking to our senior reporter in the same event , Chef Mphini Jabulani Ndiweni from Bulilima district said the issue of human /wildlife conflict has to be resolved as a matter of urgency at the same time arguing that in coming with resolutions, the Ministry should not consider moving people from their cultural homes to make way for animals as he said it was against the Africa culture as these homes have ancestral connections.
Chief Ndiweni further raised the issue of devolution as he said the new policy must be clear on the benefits of communities when an animal is shot citing that many at times villagers are left with meat and the valuable parts of the animals like horns are taken away and as communities they do not get the money derived from the horns.
The day long Consultative meeting ended with a key note address from the Minister of Environment Climate Tourism and Hospitality, Honourable Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu.