We need to ben­e­fit from our ivory

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — It hurts how the CITES con­ven­tion which Zim­babwe be­came a mem­ber in good faith is act­ing against us. We have large de­posits of ivory and for them to try and block its sale is sim­ply act­ing against the well­be­ing of the ordinary Zim­bab­wean.

This coun­try has the sec­ond largest herd of elephants on the con­ti­nent. Our elephants are nowhere near ex­tinc­tion and we should be al­lowed to sell some of the ivory stock­piled be­cause we can­not keep sit­ting on po­ten­tially prof­itable re­sources.

One would be jus­ti­fied to as­sume that this has noth­ing to do with the prin­ci­ple of Wildlife preser­va­tion. We should do away with the Western ill­con­ceived role of think­ing that Africans need Western val­i­da­tion to ben­e­fit from their re­sources. The west’s true agenda is to per­pet­u­ate that “Africa is the rich­est con­ti­nent in terms of re­sources, yet its peo­ple are the poor­est” nar­ra­tive. We need to break the cy­cle.

Iron­i­cally Western­ers have amaz­ing dou­ble stan­dards. They were cat­a­lysts to tur­moil in the oil rich Libya for their own per­sonal gains. It seems they pri­ori­tise animal life than hu­man life.

At this mo­ment I do not see the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of re­main­ing a mem­ber of CITES, be­cause from where we stand they do not want Zim­babwe to be eman­ci­pated fi­nan­cially through the sale of its nat­u­ral re­sources. We have not for­got­ten how they used to sab­o­tage the sale of our di­a­monds.

It is time we leave stran­gling ar­range­ments. Abra­ham Marunya To S. Moyo from Mbun­dane you are very wrong. Why don’t you re­spect the chiefs? Where are you from? This is Africa not US we re­spect our chiefs. We love them. Even the big man the Com­man­der In Chief of the Armed Forces, Cde Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe re­spects and loves them in the un­der­stand­ing that they are part of the leadership so un­gubani wena on­galam­beko wavela ngaphi? The chiefs were talk­ing to VP Mphoko not to you and they did not threaten the Gov­ern­ment like you do. Just stop that. — Big D, Bu­l­awayo

FROM the con­vinc­ing ex­pla­na­tion on the $200 mil­lion Afrexim fa­cil­ity to back up the bond notes, and the way of release as 5 per­cent ex­port in­cen­tive, I urge fel­low Zim­bab­weans to em­brace the changes. I be­lieve the bond notes will be as good as the coins. No need for ill-in­formed demos MDC-T led coun­cils have crip­pled in­dus­tries with huge util­ity bills to fund mega salaries, cre­at­ing un­em­ploy­ment. — Zakhele Fakazi, Gwanda

IN Zim­babwe the ma­jor­ity of po­lice of­fi­cers are so pro­fes­sional and their con­duct is a good ser­vice to the cit­i­zens of our coun­try. Some po­lice of­fi­cers be­have like mem­bers of Ta­ja­muka. They are so abu­sive to the pub­lic es­pe­cially at road­blocks and it gives the im­pres­sion that po­lice train­ing is not geared to serve the pub­lic. Po­lice are the fish the pub­lic is the wa­ter. I was dis­ap­pointed when I ne­go­ti­ated for a deal for my of­fence. Yes we com­ply to be ar­rested if we are found on the wrong but surely they should ar­rest the pub­lic in a man­ner that is dig­ni­fied. The po­lice is a ser­vice to the cit­i­zens. — Full stop. Wor­ried

THE Mighty War­riors still have a huge moun­tain to climb to be recog­nised in world women soc­cer. — Batino J. Jones Ma­howa Vil­lage Mushinga Mre­hwa.

VP Mphoko

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