Zvoma's 'neglected' farm risks wildlife acquisition

HARARE - Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) has threatened to take over animals at former clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma’s 274-hectare, Lot 2 Kilworth Farm.

This comes after animals strayed into neighbouring farms extensively destroying crops this week with ZPWMA expressing fear that the animals were also under threat from poachers.

Caroline Washaya Moyo, the ZPWMA spokesperson told the Daily News yesterday that the authority had since discovered that the property is now derelict.

She said the electric fence which used to protect the animals had been pulled down in some areas resulting in the poaching of wildlife species.

This is despite the fact that Zvoma has occupied the farm since 2006.

“At the moment, the only remaining wildlife on the property is between 13 to 16 zebras.  To protect both the zebras and surrounding communities the owner must immediately create a paddock where the zebras will be secure to reduce conflict with surrounding communities,” Washaya Moyo said.

Many Zanu PF politicians who grabbed the most productive land from white commercial farmers have been in the limelight for disposing valuable equipment left by the previous owners.

Washaya Moyo added that in the event that Zvoma failed to paddock his zebras “then the owner of the farm should surrender them to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

“The owner of the farm has since conceded that the zebras were exposed to poachers and has indicated that he is looking for funds to rehabilitate the fence,” she said.

When contacted for comment, Zvoma said  his neighbours should have engaged him first before rushing to the media.

“Do they think rushing to newspapers is the solution? Wild animals can stray because they are not cattle. Does that make news anyway?” he asked.

Zvoma, however, is not the only one among Zanu PF apologists who have run down properties they grabbed during the fast track land reform exercise in 2000.

In Chegutu, Lionsvalle citrus farm, occupied by former deputy minister of Information Bright Matonga is in a sorry state with orange trees dying from lack of attention. It is the same story at Stockdale Estates grabbed by Senate President Edna Madzongwe’s son who is alleged to have abandoned the farm after selling equipment.

Comments (4)

This article is a childish one. If the reporter wanted to highlight the state of farms in Zimbabwe he should just drive round the country and provide a list of all under utilised farms. farms that have been made derelict by ZANU PF cronies, farms that have been looted and destroyed by Mugabe's cronies. Mwenezi Range ??? Go and see for yourself. Only Gushungo farm and Kaukonde's farms are productive farms

Garikayi - 27 March 2015

They thought it was easy to manage the farms as grabbing. Now the naked truth is reflecting on their face. In any case if you never worked for something, you have no clue or idea of what you want to do or how to do it. Hezvoko ZANU. Its written all over because even the country that they took from Smith is a failed state.

Ziziharinanyanga - 27 March 2015

"Wild animals can stray because they are not cattle" - Nonsence even cattle stray thats why you need to contain them in secure paddocks or pens. How many farms was this imbecile given anywhere?

Galore 123 - 27 March 2015

It was a foolish idea to cancel title deeds for farms. The idea was to grab them and allocate to girlfriends, nephews etc of politicians. Productivity is down to zero. Can you imagine we are now importing even tomatoes from South Africa yet these used to come from Murewa n Mutoko. Is it because of economic sanctions??? We are building orphanages on rich agricultural soil. Stupid idea. Even Mozambique's GDP is now 1.5 times that of Zimbabwe, Zambia 2x, Kenya 4x. How low can Zim fall? Zimbabwe's 2014 GDP is equal to 2 months sales revenue for Apple

Peter Ngwenya - 27 March 2015

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