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Respite for Zimsun

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GOVERNMENT has given the Zimsun Leisure Group the right to evict illegal settlers from its Hwange Safari Lodge.

tica, sans-serif”>Zimsun last week got an eviction order to remove illegal settlers from Gwaai Conservancy where its lodge is based.

At its meeting with Lands and Land Resettlement minister John Nkomo, Zimsun said it was contemplating closing down the lodge because of rampant poaching in the conservancy by illegal settlers.

“We have been given the right to evict them (settlers) and my general manager is now working with the police in effecting the evictions in the area,” said Zimsun chief executive Shingi Munyeza.

“We are now reviewing the situation, but I can tell you we were planning to shut down our operations in Hwange,” said Munyeza.

Nkomo also promised the leisure group that in future he would deal with any land disturbances in the Gwaai area.

Hwange Safari Lodge is currently reeling under heavy losses due to a downturn in the tourism sector which started five years ago. Since then, the lodge has been recording serious losses and had to rely on support from other Zimsun operations to stay afloat.

Munyeza said they were losing business because of the political environment.

“The days of operating businesses on party lines are over since it adds no value to our businesses,” said Munyeza.

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