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.