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    THE FOLLOWING POST by AH member ngwenyasekuru WAS DELETED BY MISTAKE...


    Quote Originally Posted by ngwenyasekuru
    Make no mistake, this report from the US Embassy in Harare must be taken very seriously as it contains solid facts.

    We would like to thank Sally Bown, head representative of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association and Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe for naming some of these Professional Hunters of ill repute involved in Illegal hunting and poaching operations in Zimbabwe.

    We are shocked that this information supplied by Sally Bown was not published earlier!
    Charlton McCallum Safaris was very much involved in these numerous illegal poaching/ hunting activities. We were shocked to hear that CM Safaris was not taken down during these illegal hunts? We have countless individuals on the ground who would be willing to give additional evidence against CM Safaris and their associates Headman Sibanda, Evans Makanza ( all involved with Illegal invasions in the Gwayi conservancies ) if need be.
    We are requesting an immediate statement direct from Charlton McCallum Safaris and the other Professional Hunters involved as to why these illegal activities were carried out. We are also waiting on a statement from Sally Bown as to why these illegal poachers, Professional Hunters were not publicly revealed??

    What is shocking is that CM Safaris is a member of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association and SOAZ. We all want to hear from the ZPHGA representatives on why this illegal poaching/ hunting has been swept under the carpet?

    This is just the beginning and I am sure that the hunting fraternity is waiting on a statement from Sally Bown of the ZPHGA. lacey act violations ??

    CIO chief among ZANU PF officials linked to illegal hunting in Zimbabwe

    CIO chief among ZANU PF officials linked to illegal hunting in Zim | SW Radio Africa

    Zimbabwe head of the notorious Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), and other key ZANU PF officials, have been linked to years of illegal hunting in the country conservancies, which is said to have been a key source of revenue for the party.

    CIO Director Happyton Bonyongwe was named in a confidential diplomatic cable, created in 2008 by then US Ambassador James McGee, who warned that hunting has long been a source of ill-gotten revenue for members of the ZANU PF elite, and given the ongoing resource grab, it is not surprising that new hunting schemes have developed to supply the elites with forex.

    The cable, released by the online whistleblower WikiLeaks, claimed that the government was indiscriminately issuing hunting licences in the country national parks, with a devastating impact on Zimbabwe protected wildlife species. At the time the illicit parcelling out of hunting licences was linked to ZANU PF's plans to secure as much of a grip on resources as possible before it faced the MDC in elections.

    A small group of hunters and safari operators were allegedly consistently involved in the illegal hunting practices. The diplomatic cable named professional hunters like Guy Whitall, Tim Schultz of African Dream Safaris, Headman Sibanda and Wayne Grant of Nyala Safaris, Evans Makanza, Alan Shearing, Buzz Charlton and James Macullam of Charlton Macullum Safaris, A.J. Van Heerden of Shashe Safaris, Barry Van Heerden of Big Game Safaris, and Lawrence Boha.

    According to the US embassy, numerous conservationists had suggested that the Van Heerden brothers were involved in suspicious hunting and land deals with the CIO's Bonyongwe.

    McGee warned in the cable that, this ongoing struggle over greed, ill-gotten forex, and natural resource management is just one more result of the continued political impasse in Zimbabwe.

    The cable was a warning of things to come and illegal hunting practices have since been normalised through the ZANU PF led indigenisation campaign. National Parks in August this year issued hunting permits to 25 so-called indigenous farmers who were given land in the wildlife-rich Save Valley Conservancy in the Lowveld. National Parks director general Vitalis Chadenga, said this was part of the government wildlife based land reform exercise, saying beneficiaries have been allocated 25-year land leases in conservancies throughout Masvingo province.

    Included in the list of beneficiaries are top ZANU PF officials and loyalists, such as Masvingo Governor Titus Maluleke, former Gutu South legislator Shuvai Mahofa and the late Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Stan Mudenge.

    The Masvingo Governor and other key MPs have since last year been spearheading a ZANU PF led campaign of indigenization in the province, dubbed the Masvingo Initiative? with the intention of grabbing land. Former governor Josiah Hungwe, former MP Enock Porusingazi, army boss Engelbert Rugeje, and former MP and war vet Shuvai Mahofa, were last year also fingered by whistleblower website WikiLeaks as being part of the Masvingo land grab.

    The Save Valley Conservancy has called the handover of the new hunting licenses a criminal act that has nothing to do with genuine indigenisation efforts. Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that the licences need to be revoked.

    Actually, we believe that hunting needs to be suspended for three years to do a proper audit and to put some controls in place. Otherwise, we are heading towards doom, Rodrigues warned.

    He added that a senior government official is believed to have quietly stepped in to stop the ongoing takeover of the conservancies, so we will see what will happen in the next few weeks.

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    Here are the missing replies from the original thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaco Strauss
    Buzz is a great guy operators in Zim have to make deals and work to supply food to their families, this is a very shocking statement yes but I think that singleling out these guys is bull ##### in the same breath I can name Cabela's who book their hunts on a less than reputable area in Matetsi, their are other operators that stand very tall in SCI that are guilty of this.

    Simple fact is it is very easy to get caught up in this as the Zim dealings have so many smoke screens and paper trail maskings that you never know who you are dealing with.

    I do agree with one opinion that Zim needs to clean their doorstep and stop blaming it on SA operators, maybe they need to walk the road that Zambia did by closing down hunting for a couple of years to get their own house in order.

    I respect this company and it's individuals and always will, but I think it is very apparent that a good spring cleaning is in order.

    My very best always.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaco Strauss
    By the way the link provided can not be found or the page does not exist, you could check on this it would be great.

    My best always.
    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegianwoods
    I take anything a new member with this post as his/her only one, with a link that is not working and not signing something serious like this with his/her name with a truckload of salt.
    Quote Originally Posted by DOCMAN
    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegianwoods
    ..truckload of salt.
    ..as do I. Knowing Buzz, I need more than this to come to any conclusions of my own..
    Quote Originally Posted by PeteG
    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegianwoods
    I take anything a new member with this post as his/her only one, with a link that is not working and not signing something serious like this with his/her name with a truckload of salt.
    For sure,
    This article sounds more like a truckload of sh*t!!
    Quote Originally Posted by classicsafari
    Quote Originally Posted by ngwenyasekuru
    ...
    How about your real name because this sound like a load of bull s&%t. The sort that comes from someone with an agenda.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaco Strauss
    I notified buzz about the post, sure he will get on it sooner or later, Classic I think you are spot on.

    My best always.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike70560
    Myles has an official repsonse on another forum. I requested permission to repost here. And yes it is a load of crap.
    Quote Originally Posted by TOM
    Well said and thanks for sharing the truth Mike. The initial poster was trolling either for business or to attack well known and respected operators.
    Quote Originally Posted by ikeda
    The original post seems like it was written by the same guy that sends me e-mails telling me I have won the Nigerian lottery and all I have to do is send them all my banking info and they will forward my prize money!
    Quote Originally Posted by enysse
    Slander material.
    Quote Originally Posted by 35bore
    Quote Originally Posted by ikeda
    The original post seems like it was written by the same guy that sends me e-mails telling me I have won the Nigerian lottery and all I have to do is send them all my banking info and they will forward my prize money!
    Quote Originally Posted by BRICKBURN
    Thirty lashes with a wet noodle for Myles and Buzz.
    Apology and acceptance of the mistake noted for the record, again.

    To the dumb ass who anonymously spreads old news and opinion as though it is fact.
    Stick a pin in another doll. :voodoo
    Quote Originally Posted by DUGABOY1
    This was a hot toppic on another forum a while back, and again in the last few days!

    It is total BS, and though the hunts were conducted, they were done legally, and only to help the parks department, who were flat broke, and needed help not only with the needed cull, bur to supply food for the rangers and the locals in the area.

    This was a report by a leberal woman who was a USA state department reporting of things in Zembabwe, at a time when little facts were known about anything in Mugabe's Zimbabwe. She was taking some facts, and posting her opinion as fact as well to push her adjenda back in 2008.
    Gentlemen believe only 1/3rd of what you see and none of what you here from inside Zimbabwe from the mugabe regime!
    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegianwoods
    I see that our 1 post member *ngwenyasekuru* has not been back and made any more posts.

    What a HUGE surprise

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    From CM Safaris:

    CM SAFARIS STATEMENT:

    Hi everyone.

    I want to breakdown this report in to two parts:

    1. The actual article from October 2012. Insofar as it relates to us (CM SAF) it is all total BS. It comes on the fourth anniversary of the leaked cable you have all seen and has simply been twisted to suit 2012 by some twit reporter. This type of reporting certainly out here is commonplace. There is simply zero accountability. Interpret it as you will.

    2. The actual leaked cable from October 2008. I am fairly certain that we were included in this elite group of individuals because in October 2008 WE DID shoot 4 elephants in Hwange Park (three old cows and a young bull). I do believe Buzz has dealt with this on AR some time ago.

    Anyhow to refresh everyone's memory - Back in 2008 (probably Zim's darkest year ever) National Parks made it quite clear that they were totally broke and needed assistance. This is when commercial ration hunting started.

    We DID donate $4000 worth of diesel and six new tires for Land Cruisers to the Park;

    We DID receive a permit to shoot five elephants with the option to take another five - all legal;

    We DID NOT sell or advertise "hunts" in the park, we DID NOT profit from this;

    We DID NOT shoot trophies (far from it); and

    We DID at the time believe we were helping, but when we arrived and actually witnessed what was going on pulled out.

    It is also worth noting that at around the SAME time SOAZ made FORMAL applications to Parks that they administer the ration hunting to (1) generate money for Parks as well as more importantly (2) to regularize the entire operation.

    The basic idea being that hunting operators would administer ration quotas in their own concessions and photographic operators the quotas in their Parks. Sadly this was turned down by Parks.

    In hindsight yes we do have regrets, there is no excuse for hunting in a Park. At the time though we did think we were actually helping and did have exactly the same goals as SOAZ.

    Cheers

    Myles

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    STATEMENT FROM SAFARI OPERATORS ASSOCIATION OF ZIMBABWE

    23.10.2012



    With reference to the articles appearing on internet sites which use information from 2008 published by Wikkieleaks, and which are not completely accurate, the Association wishes to make the following points:



    1. The US Consulate requested information in 2008 pertaining to a situation which existed then. The report from the US Embassy in Harare to Washington was captured by Wikkieleaks.

    2. SOAZ is not the sole source of information gathered by the US Embassy.

    3. Only two names mentioned in these articles are members of SOAZ and we comment as follows:

    a) Wayne Grant. This is a case of mistaken identity and SOAZ have no reports or complaints against Wayne Grant on their records.

    b) Charlton McCallum Safaris. This company availed themselves of the offer to hunt in the Parks in 2008 and did shoot 4 elephant under this scheme. After consulting with members of the SOAZ Committee, they thereafter withdrew from the scheme. From that time to the current date no further reports or complaints have been received by SOAZ, and we consider this company to be above-board and ethical.

    4. The others named are not members of SOAZ or ZPHGA.

    5. SOAZ trusts that in future information from 2008 will not be used years later in an effort to link the information to a new situation to which it has no connection, such as the Save Valley Conservancy, as appears to have been the case in these articles.





    (signed)

    E. FUNDIRA

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    Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe

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    Thanks Mike, that statement was also emailed to me directly by Wayne Grant who also sent me the attached pdf document.

    To:-

    The Owners of African Hunting Forum Website
    Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association
    USA Embassy Harare

    ILLEGAL HUNTING PRACTICES IN ZIMBABWE.

    I am absolutely shocked to see my name printed in your website as
    having something to do with someone called Headman Sibanda, and
    hunting illegally on stolen land in the Gwaai Valley area.

    I do not, and have not ever; hunted in the Gwaai after the illegal land
    seizures, and anyone who knows me personally, will know that I would
    be the absolute last person to ever do so. In fact, I have not been
    anywhere near the Gwaai in over ten years!

    It turns out that this document says that this Headman Sibanda
    person's company is called Nyala Safaris my South African company is
    called Nyala Valley Safaris and it links me t0 him; so the standard of
    investigation into this issue must be quite pathetic if it can confuse those
    two names.

    This communication has damaged our reputation and our business,
    irreparably, and we are most definitely taking whatever legal action we
    can, against those that have dragged our name into this.
    Of course some people will say "Well it is standard practice for an
    accused person to plead innocence" and in answer to that I say
    produce one client, one piece of paper, one single hunting permit (which
    is necessary for all safaris into Zimbabwe) related to the Gwaai, which
    has our name on it. The failure to produce any of these things will point
    to one thing an appallingly inept investigation.

    Wayne Grant.
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