Chiefs Waylay Mzembi To Demand For Answers In Conservancy Saga

Mzembi met the weary looking chiefs who had been waiting for him at the doorsteps of his office at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) house at around 3 pm.

He had an exchange with them for about 15 minutes on the staircases leading up to the elevators to his office. He had to leave a business delegation that had also turned up for a meeting with him and went to entertain the visibly exhausted chiefs.

He later walked with them across Samora Machel Avenue to Charter House where the meeting to discuss the stormy Save Conservancy issue finally took place.

The chiefs want top Zanu PF officials who recently invaded the conservancies in the Lowveld evicted from the area.

The chiefs on Monday begged government at a press conference to spare the conservancy from the controversial indigenisation policy and accused the Environment ministry which has been spearheading the exercise of only empowering a few politically-connected individuals at the expense of communities.

Among the chiefs was Chief Gudo, Felix Chindava, a representative of Chief Tshovani, and Willis Chauke who stood in for Chief Sengwe. They met Mzembi on behalf of their communities.

The complaints by the chiefs come as Zimbabwe Prepares to host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference next year in August in Victoria Falls.

The European Union has since threatened to impose sanctions on the event if the invasion of the conservancies mainly owned by Germans, Italians, Americans, Dutch, and South African nationals are not protected from the controversial empowerment policy.

Situated along the banks of Save River, the conservancy is respected worldwide as a leader in wildlife management and research.