“This not indigenisation, don’t fool us and instruct the people to destroy their heritage in the name of indigenisation. There are a lot of things that we can do rather than killing animals in our
conservancies for meat.
“We think someone is insane here. As the people of Mwenezi, we shall never follow your commands on this one,” a villager who attended the meeting told the two.”
Mavhaire and Bhasikiti said the meeting was to consult with the villagers.
“We are not forcing anyone to invade any conservancy. If you remember very well, it’s (Titus) Maluleke (Masvingo governor) and Minister of Higher Education Stan Mudenge, who are after conservancies- not us. We just wanted to see how people take it and now we have our answer – the
people are hesitant,” said Mavhaire.
Mudenge told the people who gathered at Masvingo Civic Center hall about three weeks ago that they must immediately go and invade all conservancies and kill animals for meat purposes.
However, no conservancy was invaded despite Mudenge’s call.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (SPCA) provincial officer John Chikomo has sent a stern warning saying they will arrest anyone who will follow Mudenge’s call to invade and kill
“We are highly alert – assessing whether they have been people who have since followed the minister’s call. We shall not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone who shall be seen following these ‘mischievous’ calls to invade conservancies due to insatiable interest for game
meat,” said Chikomo.