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Hwange National Park. Photo: Twitter.

The Zimbabwean government has banned mining inside national parks, after reports surfaced that two Chinese companies had been granted rights to mine for coal in Hwange National Park and conservationists and lawyers kicked into gear to stop it.

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Photo: Twitter.

“Mining on areas held by National Parks is banned with immediate effect. Steps are being undertaken to immediately cancel all mining title held in national parks,” it was tweeted today by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting.

The statement was made by the minister, Monica Mutsvangwa.

The Times of London reported yesterday that lawyers representing conservationists in Zimbabwe had made an urgent appeal to the high court to stop the mining by the Chinese in Hwange, which has one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. It said that Chinese coal prospectors were found by an anti-poaching team while they were doing patrols in the park.

According to a report in Miningmx, the coal mining concession had been granted to a company called Afrochine Energy, which is part of the Tsingshan group, and the Zimbabwe Zhongxin Coal Mining group.