The Save Valley Conservancy Wikileaks cables


Debate about how Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front bigwigs from Masvingo are trying to cash in on the Save Valley Conservancy is not new but European countries are threatening to withhold aid over the issue. The debate about the Save Valley Conservancy, the biggest private conservancy on the continent, has been going on for more than a decade. Like anything else, it is a fight for wealth, immense wealth. Here The Insider tries to bring the subject into perspective through what was written by the United States embassy in Harare up to 2010. There are 26 Wikileaks cables on the Save Valley Conservancy. Here they are:

26-Nhema said Save Valley was the only conservancy giving problems

25-Wildlife ranchers being forced into partnerships with ZANU-PF insiders

24-US ambassador raised Save Valley issue with Mugabe

23-Mnangagwa associates interested in Save Conservancy

22-Hunting major source of revenue for ZANU-PF elite

21-American hunters constituted 90 percent of Save Valley clients

20-Mugabe cronies busting US sanctions through safari operations

19-Nhema approved partnership in conservancies

18-American owned ranch in Save under threat

17-Government thinks Save is a cash cow

16-Government threatened to nationalise Save Valley Conservancy

15-There is money in wildlife

14-Nationalisation fallout

13-Fears as government announces intent to nationalise land

12-Nkomo dodged ambassador on key issues

11-Save Conservancy issue not new

10-Nkomo and Save owners agreed a deal eight years ago

9-Did government plan to nationalise conservancies?

8-It’s our turn now

7-Parks and private conservancies in Zimbabwe

6-Private conservancies not recognised under Zimbabwe law?

5-Mugabe angry that white farmer cannot use land

4-Poaching rampant

3-Save parcelled out to entice voters

2-Save not acceptable as a white island

1-US warned Zim about taking over American owned conservancies


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