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Hunting permit saga matter struck off


THE Save Valley Conservancy hunting permit saga, which had sucked in top Zanu PF officials, took a new twist yesterday after the Supreme Court struck the matter off the roll saying the appeal seeking to have the hunting license application heard by the High Court on an urgent basis was fundamentally defective.


Save Valley Conservancy had sought to have the matter heard and disposed of yesterday to facilitate their granting of a hunting permit.

The striking off the roll of the matter came about after Advocate Thabani Mpofu, who is representing 15 other respondents in the same matter, argued that Save Valley had not cited his clients in the appeal despite them being interested parties.

Justices Elizabeth Gwaunza, Anne-Mary Gowora and Bharat Patel, unanimously agreed to strike the matter off the roll despite an application by Save Valley’s lawyer Advocate David Ochieng to have the matter dealt with without attending to Mpofu’s queries.

The hunting permit saga has seen former deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara cited as a respondent and accused of reneging on his promise to ensure issuance of a hunting-permit to the Save Valley Conservancy where thousands of jobs are reportedly on the line due to delays in resolving the matter.

The appeal to the Supreme Court by Save Valley came about after the High Court dismissed the latter’s urgent chamber application for a hunting permit.

Save Valley Conservancy had the application seeking to compel government to issue a hunting licence arguing the delay would result in the organisation incurring a $6 million loss that would lead to thousands of employees losing their jobs.

The urgent chamber application was, however, dismissed by the High Court, prompting the filing of an appeal by Save Valley at the Supreme Court.

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