By Peter Matambanadzo
The West's illegal sanctions regime has wreaked havoc in Zimbabwe and business will support Government efforts to protect and preserve the country's wildlife and natural resources, the business community has said.
Speaking during the unveiling of two boats worth US$64 000 acquired by the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to fight fish poachers in Lake Kariba as well as the announcement of a Board of Trustees to mobilise funds to manage the Hwange ecological disaster, Zimoco chief executive Mr Bob Crossley said business was concerned with the harm wrought on wildlife management by the illegal sanctions.
"We got sanctions and we are going to be on the way side. We have to make sure we break barriers and work," Mr Crossley said.
He said animals should not be affected by sanctions which the Westerners claimed were targeted at the Zanu-PF leadership.
"That's my feeling sanctions should not affect wildlife in Zimbabwe. That's why we came in and donated a double cab GWM to National Parks so that we overcome the hurdle," he said.
The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said the West's sanctions regime had seriously affected the operations of the organisation with the World Bank withholding US$67 million in assistance it had pledged.
Before the imposition of sanctions by the United States and its European allies, the United States Agency for International Development and the EU were heavily involved in funding wildlife management operations. More....