Chinese replace Zims at Hwange Park

via Chinese replace Zims at Hwange Park – The Zimbabwean 19.8.2015

A British member of the European Parliament (MEP), Catherine Bearder, has expressed concern at the reported replacement of local staff by Chinese nationals at Hwange National Park.

In a letter of complaint to the Zimbabwean ambassador to Belgium, Tadeous Chifamba, dated June 25 2015, Bearder said: “I was most disturbed…to hear reports that staff at Hwange National Park have suddenly been removed from their posts and replaced by Chinese staff. It would appear that these new staff are preparing the departure of elephants and lions from Zimbabwe to China.”
Zimbabwean authorities have for a long time been accused of clandestinely exporting wild animals, particularly baby elephants, to Chinese zoos and other external destinations.
Last year, former environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, defended the sale of baby elephants, saying it was necessary to raise revenue for the country. However, animal rights defenders are concerned that the removal of the wildlife has been done in a veil of secrecy and the proceeds have not been publicised.
There is widespread fear that high ranking government officials are involved in under-the-carpet deals with their Chinese counterparts for kickbacks. Oppah Muchinguri, the new environment minister, could not be reached for comment as her aide repeatedly indicated that she was locked up in meetings.
The MEP rapped the removal of local staff from the game sanctuary. “It is deplorable that by allowing Chinese authorities to take over these delicate operations, Zimbabwe is derogating its duty of care by excluding local workers who are familiar with the animals and by now have developed a bond with them,” she said.
She also charged that local media were being denied the space to monitor and cover the developments at Hwange National Park, a trend she said militated against transparency in the operations at the game reserves.
There have been recent reports that Central Intelligence Organisation operatives, who were gaining from poaching, had stopped a police operation meant to flush out poachers and to seize their firearms. The secret services staff have reportedly built strong links with the poachers and some officers in National Parks and Wildlife, according to sources.
Recently, a wildlife conservationist, Rory Young, was forced to flee the country by alleged CIO operatives who threatened him for his involvement in anti-poaching training.

COMMENTS

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    Doris 7 years ago

    So the Yankee dentist was a mere drop in the ocean. Makes ya think don’t it?.

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago

    Voluntary colonisation!

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    Dave Boaler 7 years ago

    This is pure bo***ocks! For heavens sake, get some decent reporting going on.

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    Mel Carlin 7 years ago

    The American dentist was a convenient distraction – even the best magicians need to redirect your attention to make large objects (lions & elephants) disappear 🙁

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    Justice 7 years ago

    So actually “look east” actually means “look the other way” while Zim resources get raped and plundered by the Chinese and their Zanoo thieving partners!!

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    chimusoro 7 years ago

    Chinese implicated in ivory smuggling-now Chinese running National Parks?

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    Netsai 7 years ago

    So, who is going to tell Jimmy Kimmel to whom his real emotions about injustice to Africa’s wildlife should be directed? American dentists or the corrupt Chinese and Zimbabwean political smuggling cabal?

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/29/entertainment/jimmy-kimmel-cecil-lion-feat/

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    Gina Pontoni 7 years ago

    I would be very concerned at handing the care of any animal over to the Chinese.
    Have you seen the way they treat wildlife in China? It’s appalling the way they slaughter even the animals most countries consider “domesticated” like dogs. They torture dogs before they kill them because they think the adrenaline make the meat more tender…this is the mentality you are dealing with in China. Barbaric.

    I wouldn’t let them mind anything with a pulse.

    More money grabbing corruption in Africa.