Nhema orders probe of parks

Godfrey Marawanyika

ENVIRONMENT and Tourism minister Francis Nhema has ordered the National Parks and Wildlife Management board to investigate the suspension of operations director Vitalis Chadenga on allega

tions of failing to account for US$500 he was given as part of an allowance.


The board is also expected to brief Nhema on other allegations that Chadenga ordered the capture and relocation of animals from Nyamaneche sanctuary in Mashonaland West to private lands.


Nhema this week confirmed that an internal probe had been set up, adding that he was concerned with what was happening.


“The board must carry out investigations and give us (ministry) a report. But it looks like people are just saying things without facts, so it is difficult to distinguish facts from rumours right now,” Nhema said.


“The board must give us a report on the issue of stray animals and charges levelled against the officer (Chadenga). But has such a senior officer failed to remit the US$500 in question? This money might just be two days’ allowance,” said Nhema.


Charges against Chadenga arose when he was allegedly given US$500 as part of a travel allowance to South Africa.


It is alleged Chadenga did not travel to South African but instead went to Mozambique.


Chadenga is also accused of writing a letter to a warden of Nyamaneche sanctuary, instructing him to capture stray animals that were destroying crops and disrupting resettled people in Mashonaland West province.


National Parks chairman Bu-zwani Mothobi confirmed that an internal probe had been set up, but could not say when the case would be finalised.


“The machinery is under way fullstop. At this stage there is nothing to say besides that the investigations are under way,” he said.