High Court of Zimbabwe judge, Justice Benjamin Chikowero on 1 July 2020 released a judgement on the preliminary points raised in the case between Advocates4Earth (People and Earth Solidarity Law Network) and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks). The High Court dismissed the preliminary points raised by ZimParks’ lawyer Mr Harrison Nkomo, with costs being in the main cause.
The court case is part of Advocates4Earth’s ongoing campaign against wildlife capture and trade in Zimbabwe and Africa. The campaign included a parliamentary petition and submissions to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment on Tourism held on 2nd March 2020. The campaign also involved lobbying and participation by two Advocates4Earth attorneys during the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP 18 ) held from 17-28 August 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.