HARARE – Quasi-government wildlife concern Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) now has a substantive director-general.
The parastatal arm’s board appointed Fulton Mangwanya to the post that was left vacant by Edson Chidziya in 2015.
Geoffrey Matipano had been holding the position in an acting capacity since then.
In a statement, Zimparks public relations manager Tinashe Farawo said Mangwanya’s appointment was effective August 1 with his tenure expected to end after five years.
“His appointment is a sure booster to conservation efforts and unlocks value from the country’s abundant wildlife,” Farawo said.
The Authority manages one of the largest estates in the country, about 5 million hectares of land which translates to 13 percent of the country’s total land area.
Most of the parks are located in ecological regions four and five or rugged mountainous areas which would not have much economic alternative use.
Mangwanya’s appointment came through after a rigorous selection process that was overseen by a private human resources consultant firm to ensure transparency and professionalism.
The board also confirmed the appropriateness of his candidature for the Zimparks top job by holding its own selection process in which he again came tops.
His name was then submitted to the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who made further consultations before his appointment.
He also seats in Air Zimbabwe’s board.
Mangwanya is a PHD student at University of Zimbabwe and is joining the parastatal from the President’s Office where he was a deputy director.