By Chanda Davies
Poaching has reached an advanced stage all over the world. Poachers are moving with dangerous guns and chemicals.
It is practically impossible to eradicate poaching and this has been a challenge to many park managers.
Some park managers are working hard trying to reduce poaching but corruption is one of the barriers as some of their wildlife officers are involved in these poaching activities.
Some years back it was known that poaching was mainly done by local communities with their man-made rifles but it’s a different story now, as poachers are connected with powerful people in politics and powerful business men with access to foreign markets.
These are the people who supply them with these powerful guns and chemicals.
This has made the fight against poaching very difficult and corruption is one the drawbacks to this fight.
Let us try to reflect on the article below written by CAIPHAS CHIMHETE on the investigation going on in Zimbabwe on the elephants’ deaths:
Conservationists have called for an independent probe into elephant poaching blamed on senior government officials but they fear that the results may be stifled like previous ones that allegedly fingered senior officers in the security forces.
Some suggested that the inquiry must include local and international investigators to avoid piece-meal probes that cover up instead of exposing the culprits.
Already, senior government officials, including five Cabinet ministers, have been fingered in the scandal believed to have claimed up to 500 elephants in a few months.
“There have been several inquiries related to poaching, some resulted in the deaths of rangers and security forces, but the outcomes were never made public, or they left a lot more questions than answers,” said one conservationist, who has been following poaching trends for the past three decades.
“We now need a truly independent inquiry.” The MDC-T has also weighed in, also calling for an independent commission to investigate the poaching scandal. More....