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PM, Mugabe agree on Save invasions

PM, Mugabe agree on Save invasions

November 9, 2012 in News

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have agreed to 
end invasions of the money-spinning Save Valley Conservancy –– the largest 
private wildlife sanctuary in the world –– by army generals and party 

Report by Staff Writer

In a recent interview with Zimbabwe Independent Tsvangirai said the two 
principals agreed to deal with the issue at their Monday meeting last week.

“We agreed to stop the nonsense at the Save Valley Conservancy,” said 

“It would appear the (Masvingo) governor (Titus Maluleke) is being defiant 
by putting his own chiefs into the conservancies. The president said he will 
deal with that issue. It is a political issue –– a Zanu PF issue. In terms 
of the land reform, the president confirmed that conservancies were 
excluded,” he said.

The move comes two months after Mugabe, in a politburo meeting, fiercely 
attacked army commanders, including major-generals and senior Zanu PF 
officials, for grabbing safari landholdings in the Save Conservancy and 
ordered them out immediately.

He accused them of being “greedy” for grabbing conservancies when they 
already owned farms seized from white commercial farmers evicted during the 
chaotic and violent land reform programme.

The Zanu PF politburo set up a committee comprising Local Government, Rural 
and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo, Lands, Land Reform and 
Resettlement minister Herbert Murerwa, Tourism and Hospitality minister 
Walter Mzembi and Environment and Natural Resources Management minister 
Francis Nhema to deal with the issue but the committee has reportedly made 
no headway.

Zanu PF officials and military elites have benefitted from the seizures of 
safari operations at Save Conservancy.


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