AR-News: (Zimbabwe) Army/National Parks accused of poaching

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Fri May 7 11:28:05 EDT 2004


Friday, 7 May 2004 
The Zimbabwe Independent

Munyaradzi Wasosa 
THE Zimbabwe National Army and the department of National Parks and Wildlife 
Management have been accused of involvement in poaching activities that have 
decimated Zimbabwe's wildlife in the country's conservancies, the Zimbabwe 
Independent has been told. 
In an interview, Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) chairman Johnny 
Rodrigues, accused the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of failing to curb 
"state poaching". 
"It's a fact that the army, which was called in by (Minister Francis) Nhema 
to fight poaching, is now heavily involved in the illegal activity," he said. 
Rodrigues said the army was involved mainly in the Kariba/Chirara game area. 
"ZCTF spoke to eyewitnesses in Kariba who saw soldiers airlifting antelope 
carcasses," he said. "Recently we uncovered 200 snares in one day in the area."
full story:

http://www.theindependent.co.zw/news/2004/May/Friday7/429.html 


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