Geoffreys Matipano, a top official from Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), recently disclosed that most of the country’s wildlife sanctuaries remain unsafe for animals and human beings due to heavy infestation of landmines which were originally placed in ground by the colonial regime during the liberation war.
Speaking last week, Matipano told the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Peace and Security that the Gonarezhou National Park in the Lowveld, Zambezi and Victoria Falls national parks in Matabeleland North province are the two most affected by remaining landmines:
“The Parks estate covers 13% of the country – and the size of the area that is affected by landmines in Matabeleland North at Victoria Falls National Park (which) is 26,9 square kilometres, Zambezi National Park 17,6 square kilometres and at Gonarezhou National Parks a belt covering 70 kilometres from Crooks Corner to Sango Border Post is affected,” Matipano said.
“Landmines tend to move positions when soil shifts through soil erosion, and they shift especially during the rainy season into paths used by animals and people.”
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