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Minister: Save Conservancy Invaders Greedy Zimbabweans

Minister: Save Conservancy Invaders Greedy Zimbabweans

Gibbs Dube

A cabinet minister says top military commanders and senior Zanu PF officials 
who recently invaded the wildlife-rich Save Valley Conservancy are greedy 
and selfish people who are derailing the rebranding of Zimbabwe as one of 
the best tourism destinations in Africa.

Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi said the 37 people who recently occupied the 
conservancy have seriously dented the image of the country, still recovering 
from a decade of economic decline.

Mzembi said the invaders, who include Major-General Gibson Mashingaidze, 
Major-General Engelbert Rugeje, Masvingo Governor Titus Maluleke, Education 
Minister Stan Mudenge and several others, are decimating protected wildlife 
in the conservancy.

President Robert Mugabe has protested over the invasion of the 
money-spinning conservancy which has attracted funding from the World 
Wildlife Fund and investors from Europe and the United States.

Mzembi said he would fight tooth and nail to ensure that the invaders are 
evicted. ‘If this is a fight that shall bring me into a minority against my 
provincial colleagues, so be it,” said Mzembi.

Prominent commercial farmer Themba Dlodlo said invasion of the wildlife 
conservancy is embarassing Zimbabwe set to host the World Tourism 
Organization’s general assembly.

Other Zanu PF and military elites who seized the conservancy are 
Lieutenant-Colonel David Moyo, Retired Colonel Claudius Makova, Assistant 
Police Commissioner Connel Dube, Masvingo Provincial Intelligence Officer 
Shaderick Chibaya, Brigadier-General Livingstone Chineka, Health Deputy 
Minister Douglas Mombeshora and Zanu PF central committee members Shuvai 
Mahofa and Enock Porusingazi and legislators Ailess Baloyi, Abraham Sithole, 
Samson Mukanduri, Noel Mandebvu and Ronald Mandava. 


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