HARARE — Econet Wireless Zimbabwe last week responded to calls of corporate social responsibility by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate at the backdrop of rampant wildlife attacks with the latest cyanide poising purging hundreds of elephants and other animals around wildlife parks.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said: “As a technological company, Econet pledged to work even much more closer with the parks and wildlife authority to preserve the lives of our wildlife”.
Mboweni presented two brand new wildlife safari trucks of an estimated $90 000 total cost to the minister of of Environment, Water and Climate, Saviour Kasukuwere at Econet headquarters in Msasa, Harare.
Econet also identified some solutions which they could help the wildlife authority with by looking into providing technology which can monitor in real time the movement and security of animals via Global Positioning System (GPS) system with help of Radio-frequency identification (RFID).
Speaking during the official presentation of the brand new safari trucks, guest of honour, Kasukuwere deplored poaching activities and lack of responsibility by poachers and and master minds behind.
“We must do everything in our power to protect our own God given heritage, and its our responsibility, we can’t assign anybody to do the job for us,” stressed the minister.
Kasukuwere also noted that the First lady, Grace Mugabe had accepted the invitation to become the patron of the corporate social responsibility drive to spearhead support from the corporates towards the protection of our wildlife.
Mboweni echoed the same statement and said: “we borrow the present for our future generation, lets pass on our natural resources to the next coming generations otherwise we shall be held accountable for failure and negligence.”
He was also prompt to offer 200 lantern lights when it was brought to his attention that most of the rangers were operating with minimum resources, the director general of parks and wildlife management authority Romana Nyahwa thanked Econet for the gesture.
“Wildlife is a God given gift, if we do not protect it , we would have failed on our mandate as superior beings to rule and dominate, while the same power shall not be abused. Animals look unto us for protection,” echoed Mboweni.