ECONET TRUCK HANDOVER
Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate
OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF VEHICLES TO PARKS AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY FROM ECONET WIRELESS
SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, WATER AND CLIMATE
Hon S KASUKUWERE (MP)
Director of Ceremonies Mr Ronald Chiwanza
Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Mr. Douglas Mboweni
Deputy Minister of Environment Water and Climate Hon S Musanhu (MP)
Secretary for Environment Water and Climate Mr. Prince Mupazviriho
Director General: Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Mr Edson Chidziya
Wildlife Ecological Trust of Zimbabwe
Senior Government Officials here Present
Econet Wireless Officials Here Present
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am indeed excited to be part of this important gathering today as we witness the handover of two off road vehicles by Econet Wireless to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. It is indeed humbling to see Zimbabweans coming up with solutions to conservation challenges in their own country. These vehicles will help the Authority carry out and achieve anti-poaching work and field deployments and ultimately enhance tourism in Zimbabwe.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is critical to partner us in managing and protecting the country’s National Parks which are home to the country’s heritage. The country should not always wait for foreigners to come and fill the gap when there are Zimbabweans who are capable .A good example is one we are witnessing today where our local company Econet Wireless has come in to fill our capacity gap. Government on its own cannot provide adequate financing and support to protect these important resources, we therefore need the valuable support of the private sector and other well wishers to come in and assist our efforts.
In the same vein, it is with great pleasure that I announce to you that the First Lady Her Excellency Amai Grace Mugabe has agreed to be the Patron of the Wildlife Ecological Trust. As you might be aware, the Trust was set up after the Hwange Ecological disaster which resulted in the loss of key species such as elephants. Her acceptance to be the Patron is clear testimony of Government’s commitment to conservation. I am therefore confident that the guidance of the First Lady coupled with the support we are receiving from the Trust and corporate players such as Econet Wireless, we will totally improve our conservation efforts.
Today’s handover ceremony is therefore a clear demonstration of the cordial relations that exist between the two institutions stressing that Zimbabweans are capable of supporting conservation. The fact that some donors who used to fund Parks are no longer doing so presence an opportunity for Zimbabweans to fill that gap and show the world that we can do it.
Let me take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all corporate players that assisted us and are continuing to assist us in fundraising for conservation in Zimbabwe. I am deeply humbled by this continued support.
To Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority let me advise you that for any corporate to partner the Authority a strong sense of responsibility has to be exhibited at all times. These vehicles must therefore be used for their intended purposes, so I urge you to put them to good use. To Econet Wireless and other corporate players and individuals, we will continue cherishing your support. Please do not wait for environmental disasters to strike for you to react. Please keep on keeping on.
I THANK YOU. TATENDA. SIYABONGA