Muchinguri fumes

HARARE - Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says countries that control and manipulate lives of animals in zoos should not be allowed to decide the fate of those that have a wildlife heritage.

An angry Muchinguri-Kashiri was speaking in the aftermath of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Cites in South Africa where Zimbabwe had hoped to be allowed to sell its ivory stockpiles to raise badly-needed funds for conservation.

The global conference that governs wildlife trade, however, voted overwhelmingly in two secret ballots against the proposal.

The former minister of Women Affairs did not hide her frustration over what she viewed as a “punishment” for the country’s “good conservation deeds”.

She, however, insisted the country will not go against the ban.

“…Some of these countries have destroyed their wildlife, they only have zoos, we are one of the few countries remaining with a wildlife heritage,” she said.

“So we are saying people who want to criticise us and impose these bans, they should plough into our conservation programmes and not leaving us to suffer, but we thank the governments that have been working with us and hope that relationship continues.”

Muchinguri-Kashiri said that voting countries should be considerate of countries with healthy stockpiles.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said the country while sitting on stockpiles of ivory worth billions is struggling to raise money to protect wildlife.

She saluted Kenya for setting ablaze more than 100 tonnes of ivory, the largest ever such fire, in an attempt to shake the world into protecting endangered elephants.

But she claimed “outsiders were calling the shots in so far as wildlife conservation was concerned in the east African country.

Kenya is one of about 30 African countries who wanted to see the international trade in ivory tightened.

“We respect the view of Kenya to burn their ivory, it’s their choice but they should not bring it to southern Africa…we are not an extension of Kenya…I know Kenya’s wildlife organs are controlled by NGOs but rural communities are the ones that are suffering, it’s not politics.”

“…Each country has their sovereign rights and people make choices but what we don’t appreciate is those same countries trying to impose their choices on us because we have done so well,” she said.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said trade bans were futile and have in the past not prevented a species from extinction.

Comments (9)

Muchinguri must learn of the deception of these UN based initiatives: 1. How can countries that were at the centre of slavery and colonialism be the champions of the human rights agenda? 2. How can those countries that have killed all their wildlife be at the centre of CITES? It is all about exploiting Africans and Africa's resources for the benefit of the white man, and ensuring that Africans do not benefit from their natural resources. Why burn the ivory stock piles when they could be the raw materials for a thriving African jewellery industry? Wake up Africa!

ADF - 12 October 2016

Wake up ADF. There cannot be legal trade in ivory without holding the door open for illegal trade. The elephants we have are not here for this generation alone to use and abuse, They are our heritage for our children and for our children's children. Let them enjoy the benefits of a thriving tourism industry that can only come from a properly managed wildlife policy. Burn the ivory stockpile, destroy it completely!

Kakuli - 12 October 2016

The money will be stolen thats why we are not getting the support that we need. There too much corruption in Zimbabwe than any other country in southern africa such that even if the sale is authorized the money will be used for a different purpose than wildlife conservation. It will be used for buying bicycles for constituencies and cars for the chiefs and for the Zanu pf campaign for the next election.

Chido - 12 October 2016

"Kakuli and "chipo I hope you are not missing the point here. We don't need to adopt the attitude of "if I don't have then you must not have". The countries at the forefront of banning this trade wiped out their herds long ago. Our country has a limit of elephants it can carry. Carrying beyond the capacity obviously has adverse effects. I hope you have seen what destruction these beasts can do-you can not easily chase them away. Who benefits if you burn the ivory-No one except polluting the environment. Rather let someone steal the proceeds and use them somewhere somehow-at least someone has benefitted. What is required is proper and accountable control of the culling and disposal of the God given resource. Those countries without can buy from us and build up their own stocks and let their herds grow to more than their country´s carrying capacity and see if they do not cry. Those communities/countries with elephants and any other resource for that matter should be allowed the enjoy the fruits of their country.

Dhara 9 - 12 October 2016

Yes. Burn the lot! Zanu-PF will just steel the sales proceeds. If you guys can swipe $15 billion of diamond proceeds, what about mere ivory sale proceeds? Burn the lot!

Mbareboy - 12 October 2016

Yes. Burn the lot! Zanu-PF will just steal the sales proceeds. If you guys can swipe $15 billion of diamond proceeds, what about mere ivory sale proceeds? Burn the lot!

Mbareboy - 12 October 2016

ivory is one of God given resources we have in zim.lets not suport those capilists who always want to benefit where they did not plough.

Samanyanga - 12 October 2016

...... makapedza ma daimons kkkkkk hezvo manangana nezvou .Tongozonzwa moti $ 15 billion varasika aaaaa vakomana modakusvikepi nehumbavha ? yagara mari yekuba haigutsikkkk

jonzo - 13 October 2016

jusT burn the ivory

mun - 13 October 2016

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