9 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Stop Invasions-German

German has threatened to withdraw participation in the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly Meeting (UNWTO) scheduled for Victoria Falls if the invasion of the Save conservancy is not reversed.

Zimbabwe is expected to co-host UNWTO with Zambia in August .The successful hosting of the conference will also give the country the opportunity to market itself to the rest of the world as a safe tourist destination.

German Ambassador, Hans -Gunter Gnodtke, told journalists, Wednesday that his country might not take part in the conference if Zimbabwe continued to violate investments protected under bilateral arrangements.

"President Robert Mugabe and other ZANU PF officials used to come to German pleading for Germans to invest in the country and there were agreements that were signed protecting investors but that hasn't been the case now," Ambassador Gnodtke.

Ambassador Gnodtke also dismissed, as "nonsense" reports that came from the state owned daily, the Herald saying that the Germans wanted to evade indigenization laws by attempting to translocate wildlife.

"Let me set the record clearly, that it is utter nonsense. German was approached by Peace PAC, a South African based company chaired by board members that has also President Mugabe sitting in the board," he said.

"It was noted that there was an overpopulation of certain species and also a decrease in certain species. Hence we were approached to fund the Translocation to the Gonarezhou, Kruger Gaza Transfontier Park of which we are working on."

The Save Conservancy is the largest private conservancy in the country with a diverse animal species but that has been threatened by invasions by some Zanu PF officials.

President Mugabe and Zanu PF have been blamed for bringing down the country's tourism sector following the year 2000 land reform program.

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