Activists slam land grab
HARARE - A consortium of wildlife ranchers says tens of thousands of animals face annihilation in a wave of land takeovers in southeastern Zimbabwe by politicians of President Robert Mugabe's party.
The Save Valley Conservancy said yesterday that thousands of people's livelihoods are also threatened in the 2600 square kilometre nature preserve and surrounding districts after land and hunting permits were granted to 25 leaders of the Zanu-PF party under a black empowerment programme.
In Sunday newspaper advertisements, the consortium said "greedy individuals" - including a provincial governor and a Mugabe cabinet minister - had used colour as "a racial tool" to collapse world-renowned wildlife conservation for short-term gain.
The group said that when humans behave like animals, people destroy not only each other but generations to come.