SAFARI operator Inyathi Hunters has threatened to sue the winner in last week’s auction of Matetsi Unit Three hunting concession for failing to comply
with an urgent notice warning people not to participate in the auction.
Klaudius Hove was the highest bidder with a whopping $710 billion during the auction conducted on Friday last week. He is expected to pay the full amount within seven days.
More than 16 prospective buyers submitted bids but could not match the $710 billion mark set by Hove.
Sources confirmed to the Zimbabwe Independent that Inyathi Hunters was among the bidders but could only raise $400 billion.
A lawyer representing Jacob Mudenda, who ran the concession before the auction, told the Independent this week that he was awaiting details of the winning bidder before filing papers with the High Court challenging the auctioning of the concession.
Mudenda had earlier applied to the High Court seeking an interdict blocking the auction. The action is premised on the fact that he has challenged a decision by the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife to withdraw an offer letter extending his lease of Matetsi Concession.
Mudenda, in the High Court papers, challenged the Parks Authority’s rescission of the decision to give him an extension at the concession.
Hunting safari conditions allow only locals or representatives of wholly-owned Zimbabwean companies to bid for the concession for five years.