ZIMBABWE will remove landmines that colonial forces laid at the borders during the liberation struggle.
The ministry of defence has contracted Belgian non-governmental organisation Anti-Personnel Landmines Removal Product Development, also known as Apopo, to remove the landmines.
The exercise will be conducted at the Zimbabwean side of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, the largest conservation area in the world.
Company CEO Christophe Cox said: “Robert Mugabe’s resignation marks the beginning of a new era for Zimbabwe.
“It is time to move forward and remove these dangerous explosives from the country. Landmines and wildlife do not mix.
“We are proud to be able to help Zimbabwe rid itself of these mines during an incredibly important period in the nation’s history.”
The landmines are a serious threat to endangered animals such as elephants and lions, as well as to local communities desperate for land to farm.
Laid along the Mozambique border by the Rhodesian army, the landmines are a grim reminder of the war that killed thousands. – CAJ NEWS