Zanu-PF 'bigwigs' implicated in elephant deaths - Zimbabwe Situation

Zanu-PF ‘bigwigs’ implicated in elephant deaths

via Legalbrief – Zanu-PF ‘bigwigs’ implicated in elephant deaths  29 October 2013 Issue No: 0334

Senior Zimbabwean Government officials, including Cabinet Ministers, have been implicated in the mass poisoning of elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, with the death toll said to be more than 300, notes an SW Africa report.

It says senior government officials, including Cabinet Ministers, ‘are now threatening villagers, whom they sent to kill elephants on their behalf, so they don’t reveal their names’. The report does not name who the officials are, but goes on to say that there are five individuals who have been identified as being involved. The report claims that the individuals are offering cash bribes to villages to ‘buy their silence’. Another source said there are ‘tigers and flies’ in the elephant-cyanide death scandal, with the ‘flies’ being the villagers being used by ‘powerful politicians to poison the elephants on their behalf’. Johnny Rodrigues, the chair of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) agreed that high level authorities are involved, claiming there is a ‘cover up operation’ under way, according to the report. It notes he said the entire Hwange Park is on ‘lockdown’, with a heavy military presence evident.
Full report on the SW Africa site

Still in Zimbabwe, a ranger has been trampled to death by elephants. The country’s wildlife authority says three elephants attacked a park ranger and trampled him to death during an anti-poaching patrol in the north-western nature reserve where more than 102 elephants have been poisoned using cyanide in recent weeks. The ranger had separated from colleagues in the remote Hwange National Park, according to a report in The Herald which says elephants are known to be skittish and aggressive when family groups are in danger.
Full report on the IoL site

Zimbabwean police last week arrested a Chinese national who was allegedly found with 100kg of raw and processed ivory in his possession. A report on the News24 site notes that the man (34), who was caught at Harare airport, was found to have 17 pieces of raw ivory, said Caroline Washaya-Moyo of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. No date was yet set for the man’s court appearance. The arrest comes as Zimbabwe boosts its efforts to stop the illegal trafficking of wildlife related goods.
Full report on the News24 site

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    MOT UNEXPECTED!

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    Tafunuka 6 years ago

    They must be forced to resign. Dzingai Mutumbuka resigned because of WilloGate Scandal wani! Tinovaziva.

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    Whats new . The cover up will prove ZANU IS NOT AND WILL NOT ANSWER TO ANYONE . THESE BLOODY PARASITES MUST BE REMOVED ASAP IF OUR CHILDREN ARE TO HAVE FUTURE.

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    Resign? No. We know them and everything. It’s the waiting cobras black mambas for them in the snakepit at our new chikurubis

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    Mike Patterson 6 years ago

    Do we not still have a Hangman. Let him practice on the poachers and their m asters.

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    Mike Patterson 6 years ago

    Do we not still have a Hangman. Let him practice on the poachers and their masters.

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    For goodness sake Johnny give us the names of these frikken “bigwigs”!! We keep hearing about the “big five” but who are they and why are their names being witheld from the public and why have they not been charged? I would like to give my thoughts….Munangagwa, Nhema, Obert Mpofu, Kasukwere, and one other…Let it be revealed man!!!

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    Bruce 6 years ago

    The names must be published, if the army is now in Hwange, as a sign of protecting the bigwigs names being published then it could point to very big guys including the army chiefs and security gurus or even commander in chief unless he does not know what is happening in his camp.

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    farai 6 years ago

    who is this “big wigs”we are tired of thiz stories of big wigs but no names and no action is taken.nxt time keep it to yourself!!!

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    josphat nhema 6 years ago

    its obvious that this one is security chiefs army only moves for dem and mnangagwa so its him and chiwenga together, these two are five all by themself

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    Another example of top ZANU PF monsters for filling the wishes of their masters, the Chinese. Scumbags the lot if them but they had all better hope they live a long time because HELL is waiting for them.

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    Charles Chamunorwa 6 years ago

    The new hymn in Zanu pf is “come forward with the evidence”. Cry the beloved country.