By Anyway Yotamu
HARARE – In an effort aimed at enabling easier comprehension and efficiency in the management of wildlife, Cabinet has considered and approved the Principles of the Parks and Wildlife Management Bill.
Presenting during a post Cabinet media briefing on Tuesday, the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Honourable Mangaliso Ndhlovu said the consolidation of wildlife-related legislation into one Act will help to align other wildlife governing Acts with the Constitution.
“The Parks and Wildlife Amendment Bill will broaden Parks the scope of the Parks and Wildlife Act [Chapter 20:14] as well as harmonise it with all other Acts governing the wildlife sector, including aligning it to the Constitution.
“Properties that were acquired by the Government on behalf of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority will be provided for under the amended Act, which will also repeal the Quelea (Control) Act, the Rhodes Estates Act and the Trapping of Animals Act,” he said.
The minister also highlighted that Cabinet has noted that the current Parks and Wildlife Act was last amended over two decades ago, and the proposed amendments will align the legislation to the prevailing socio-economic-politico environment, as well as make it adaptable to the ever-changing dynamics.
“The Act will be amended to provide for the sustainable utilisation and development of the wildlife sector as well as international best practices.”
The wildlife conservation legislative framework, it has been highlighted, will be upgraded, with the enabling law being accordingly amended to take into account technological advances in order to ensure that poaching and other illegal activities are effectively dealt with.
By Anyway Yotamu