Hwange Safaris Hunting Concession in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Harare businessman Tobias are add odds over the disposal of the Hwange Safaris hunting concession one of the seven sport hunting safaris in the Matetsi area.

Musariri operated the hunting concession since 1985 as part of the Government efforts to help indigenous people break into the formerly white dominated sector. The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority recently auctioned Hwange Safaris, trading as Decatell Investments for US$90,000 after the initial winning bid by a former professional hunter of Musariri had failed to pay up. Musariri insists that the concession had been given to him on a permanent basis as part of an empowerment process. Director general Dr Morris Mutsambiwa said however that the parks authority had auctioned the concession after the Government stipulated empowerment period relating to Mr. Musariri had lapsed.