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Mopane Worms Harvesting: "Outsiders" Accused Of Destroying The Environment

Mopane Worms Harvesting:

A traditional leader in Matabeleland South Province, says outsiders should not harvest mopane worms (amacimbi / madora) in the region as they employ poor methods of harvesting.

This comes after the province has been inundated by people from various parts of the country who have been harvesting the worms since the onset of the rainy season.

Gwanda chief Khulumani Mathema told Sunday Southern Eye that the uncontrolled harvesting of mopane worms threatened the economic well-being of the region. He said:

Amacimbi have been one of the economic enablers for people in our districts.

Now they (outsiders) are chopping down trees, which are the major source of mopane worms breeding.

So one wonders why the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is not protecting our people.

This is not the way to live; you know these people come here and do their business of collecting mopane worms and some do not even have respect because they cut down the trees.

Another thing is they do not know the process of collecting because they are not supposed to take them when they are still on the tree.

Instead, they should wait until they are now moving off from the tree on their own.

Mathema said it is perplexing that people travel from faraway places to harvest Mopane worms in Matabeleland yet people from the region do not go to other regions to exploit natural resources found there. He said:

The locals know how to collect the worms and understand the whole process to harvest amacimbi.

My question is: Have they ever seen us going to their provinces to collect any of the things that their areas are well-known for?

These people do not respect us and our culture, which is not fair because we no longer live peacefully.

They should not come here because they are now ripping us off our environmental rights.

If they want mopane worms (amacimbi) they should get them from wherever they come from not here.

The traditional leader said their efforts to engage the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) on the issue have not been successful.

A Kaufusi villager, Reboni Noko said outsiders were also polluting the environment by leaving plastic bags and baby diapers everywhere.

Another villager, Relebile Nare said they were losing patience with the “foreigners” that had taken over their area.

Matabeleland South EMA public relations officer Sithembokuhle Moyo told Southern Eye they were aware of the issue but had not been empowered to intervene. | Southern Eye

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34 Comments

1 week ago

What is pindula doing with people who advertise illuminati? They should be known tivazive kuti ndivanani varikushanda naSatan


Anonymous 1 week ago

Who? What?

1 week ago

Kkkk. We've got ndebele people destroying land kuno kuMasvingo tichikorokoza tese. I don't see a reason to chase someone away. This is our country as Zimbabweans. It's funny how some ndebele people are so tribalistic as if they're on the top of the social class of Zim. They were so used to abusing others claiming they were the chosen ones. Not anymore.


NHUBU 1 week ago

uyu chief haakodzere kuita chief ane rusaruraganda, munhu wa chief ungatochemerere HONYE idzodzo🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Moyo 1 week ago

Tnngamirira kuti aburuke mumuti tozomabata ko akazoburuka tisipo anozobatwa nani , iye chief angapopotera zvirumha zvinobaya ashaya basa here


1 week ago

kkk anogona kuburuka pakati pehusiku tozongomuka kuseni mumuti musisina chinhu

khumalo people my foot 1 week ago

Traditional leader avo ngavakwane, as long Gwanda yacho ingori MuZimbabwe chete everyone angori muZimbabwean is free kutouya kuzotora madora iwayo... Ngoda yakaputika kwaMutare uko makore aye everyone akamhanyira ikoko, makambonzwawo vans wasu vachiti aah kurikuuya vanhu vekumasvingo kuno hativade?? **** skiri renyu rekuda kuisa chitribalism ichi rakadhakwa u must know kuti zvakapera kare nguva Yana mzilikazi wenyu kudhara pamaita zvema enhlanand hole what what original khumalo people...kwakudhara ikoko.


cid 1 week ago

Haisi XENOPHOBIA here iyi,,M.andebele same nema South Africans wavari kuti ma FOREIGNER ndiani,,,ivo kana vasina mari yekuuya kuno imhosva yani,, kumirira aburuke ini ndichida kutonoma hodhesa

NHUBU 1 week ago

I am on my way to gwanda kumadora, as long I am a Zimbabwe it is my right to go anywhere in this country, ndanga ndisingadye madora but ndakutoen**** zveginya

khumalo people my foot 1 week ago

mande.be.le.


dora 1 week ago

a**** vele mangaki ngoba bagcwele umhlaba 😇


ganja farmer 1 week ago

kuno kumazoe mashurugwi akazara makambonzwa tichiti endayi kwenyu.sabhuku imi makawana nguva mukwane d a k o renyu manzwa ndini ndadaro


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mlambo 1 week ago

vanorwara ava


thrasher 1 week ago

as long as am in Zimbabwe am free to wherever I wish to go no chief calls me an outsider. A whole bunch of ****dd people think themselves better than the rest well you ain't shiiiiit


Manikiniki 1 week ago

The chief is only asking you to use proper methods so that tommorow you can come back and find them to feed yourselves and family. I dont see anywhere were its mentioned S H O N A s Tongas or Kalangas.


1 week ago

waverenga asi hauna chawanzwa ndosaka wakafoira chikoro

@Manikiniki 1 week ago

You need to read again and ask for a good English speaker to translate it for you

Mainini 1 week ago

Chief nevanhu vake vakupenga vese ,vari kuti maforeigners ndivanani?Ndouya foreigner muZimbabwe here ini kkkk jyika yamadzibaba angu?


MuPfungwe Chaiye 1 week ago

Pasingadi passport chete especially muno muZim am free to go shaa. Even kubva kuno kuna Ngwerengwendo kuuya ikoko kumaNdex pasingade passport chete ndouya


Patriot 1 week ago

imimi just unite as a people and defend what is yours. You can fight these invaders without any help from the authorities.


NHUBU 1 week ago

kkkkkkkk vakanyanya iwe

Sιყσყσ 1 week ago

there is no law prohibits the harvest of mopane worms, anyone found chopping trees should be arrested by EMA, that's all


Ndebele Rep 1 week ago

This has nothing to do with tribalism! You are doing it the wrong way “pollution” thats our only concern.


Ntaba 1 week ago

Mmmh Chief yekela abantu babambe amacimbi


Ganyani 1 week ago

Chero vanhu vakabva ku DRC ngavabate macimbi kupenga kwa chief


John Chibatura 1 week ago

Imi ma S H O N A why do you feel offended by all this. You are being told that you are destroying the environment and you start hiding behind tribalism. Ko kwamuri kugara hapana mitemo here? Do u cut down trees willy nilly and pollute the environment ? If you are like that then the chief is right! Stay away from Matebeland, we are a civilized society here.


Palmer 1 week ago

Nuff respekt ✊🏾 Big mhannn!

Mashandure 1 week ago

Willy nilly ndochiikoiwe ..... enda unodzidza chirungu and stop supporting zvinhu zvisina basa

1 week ago

It's chief anzwa nan kut ma pamper ndee**** chete , mandex haana baba hre

Makonye 1 week ago

Zvimakonye zvinosemesa izvo chief uyu ngatenderedza nzvimbo yacho yese nezazor wire adye hake ega makonye ari kuchemera. Inga iwani iwo madzviti aiuya kuzopamba mombe nevakadzi kuMashonaland. Gonye ringakoshe here kupfuura munhu kana mombe dzavai pamba plus vachiuraya maShona and raping women


Tagz 1 week ago

This chief and his cronies need a liberal dose of guk.....


Jimmy 1 week ago

Nyaya haisi pamadora chete. I stay in Byo, but come from Masvingo. These guys havatide zvachose, they just hate us. Inyaya ye gukurahundi. Havasi kubuda pachena but that's the issue. Naturally they hate ****


Ndux Malax 1 week ago

Ko wakamanikidzwa kuzogara nevanu vasingakude? Why not go back ku Mashonaland kwako ikoko unogara nevamwe vako vanukuda.

chief Tandi 1 week ago

chief away havasi mumwe be Dudula vasina pfungwa zvekudaro Bomboklut chief iyava



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