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PM intervenes in wildlife invasions

PM intervenes in wildlife invasions

Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:14

HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has launched an inquiry into 
recent invasions of wildlife conservancies by senior Zanu PF officials as he 
seeks to clean the country’s image ahead of the world’s biggest tourism 
event next year.

Latest reports indicate that wild animals face annihilation while thousands 
of livelihoods are under threat after 25 Zanu PF senior members were granted 
hunting permits and land leases in the 260 000 square metre Save Valley 

Speaking at the Zimbabwe High-Level Economic Forum in Victoria Falls 
yesterday, Tsvangirai said he had met Tourism minister Walter Mzembi and his 
environment counterpart Francis Nhema and told them to put their house in 
order before the country co-hosts the United Nations World Tourism 
Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly with Zambia in August net year.

“This sends the wrong signal at a time we want to unleash our economic 
growth potential,” he said.

The PM’s statement followed similar remarks by Finance minister Tendai Biti 
who told the forum the unlawful grabbing of conservancies was ill-timed and 
could tarnish the country’s image at a mega event.

The event, which Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Karikoga Kaseke 
says is expected to register 2 000 delegates, is held once in every two 
years and brings together key tourism players including heads of ministries 
from various governments across the world.

It is Zimbabwe’s opportunity to rebrand itself following a decade of bad 
publicity after the often violent fast-track land reform programme and 
successive disputed elections.

At the end of last month, Mzembi sought Mugabe and his deputy Joice Mujuru’s 
help in a vicious fight to stop Zanu PF officials from invading wildlife 

Mzembi fears anarchy prevailing in the conservancies will dent the country’s 
image ahead of the Unwto general assembly. 


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