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Nhema faces legal challenge

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A SAFARI operator from the prime hunting and photographic concessions in Matabeleland North has threatened to take Environment and Tourism minister Francis Nhema to court over the allocation of

a hunting concession to a new farmer without going to tender.

The lawsuit follows allegations that Nhema granted concessions in Parks and Wildlife areas around Deka, Gwayi Valley, Hwange, Victoria Falls and Binga to Zanu PF officials.

The safari operator, Headman Sibanda of Nyala Safaris in the Deka Safari area, wants the award of the concession to Mabel Dete of Asitroc Investments reversed and the whole process done through an open tender system.

Sibanda, through his lawyers Coghlan, Welsh & Guest, has already written to Minister Nhema on the matter.

“We are instructed that Treasury Regulations were flouted when Asitroc Investments was granted the concession as it was never put to tender. In the circumstances our client challenges the validity of the contract and should you be unable to agree with us on that point we have instructions to bring an application to court,” reads the letter to Nhema from the lawyers.

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