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    Mahofa stops translocation of elephants to Moza




    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – A helicopter which flew into Zimbabwe on June 19 2017 for the translocation of 30 elephants from the overpopulated Sango Conservancy in the Save Valley to Mozambique is still grounded there after the Minister of State for Masvingo, Shuvai Mahofa allegedly brought in soldiers to stop the process.
    The Mirror is informed that the translocation process was approved by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and is happening under SADC agreements.
    Sources said Mahofa is arguing that the culling of elephants from the conservancy would affect sources of meat for public gatherings, particularly those called and organized by Zanu PF.
    The source also said the translocation is part of annual culling since there is need to reduce excessive elephant populations in the conservancies.
    The Acting Director of Parks Geoffrey Matipano said he knew about the translocation but has no latest information on developments as he is out of the country.
    "There is a situation in Save Valley where a plane which flew in last month is under guard from the military. Some 30 elephants were supposed to be translocated from Sango Conservancy but this has been stopped by provincial political leadership. They said they want elephants to kill during public gatherings," said the source.
    "Yes I know the issue but unfortunately I cannot comment since I am out of the country. There might be other developments which might have taken place during my absence so its difficult for me to comment" said Matipano.
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