By Nyasha Mutena
Government has approved the Principles of the Parks and Wildlife Management Bill, which is expected to broaden the scope of the Parks and Wildlife Act [Chapter 20:14] as well as harmonise it with all other Acts governing the wildlife sector.
Relaying Hon Mangaliso Ndlovu, the Tourism and Environment Minister’s submissions to cabinet, Information minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said 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. This, among other things shall witness the Quelea (Control) Act, the Rhodes Estates Act and the Trapping of Animals Act being repealed.
“Cabinet notes 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.
Additionally, she said the wildlife conservation legislative framework will be upgraded, also address pertinent matters such as poaching and other illegal activities are effectively dealt with.
“The consolidation of wildlife-related legislation into one Act will enable easier comprehension and efficiency in the management of wildlife,” added Senator Mutsvangwa.