BY SILAS NKALA
GWANDA RURAL District Council is seeking to dispose of 11 lions to augment its finances.
In a recent notice to prospective buyers and wildlife lovers, the local authority called for expression of interest to buy the lions, indicating that site visit will be conducted at a day yet to be announced.
“Gwanda RDC is in possession of 11 lions currently being kept in captivity at Doddieburn Ranch in Gwanda District. The council holds a valid permit for such activities, issued in terms of the Parks and Wildlife Act, Chapter 20:14,” the council notice read.
“Council wishes to dispose of the lions and thus seeks interested parties to lodge an expression of interest for the purchase of same.”
The local authority indicated that interested parties are advised to submit written letters, expressing interest to buy all or some of the lions.
“Furthermore, the interested party must make a commitment to abide by all the laws of the land governing such sales. The group consists of six-adult male lions, three-adult female lions, one sub-adult male and one female cub,” the council said.
The local authority advised interested parties to file their papers at council offices in Gwanda direct to the chief executive, Ronney Sibanda, before July 19.
Meanwhile, Gwanda municipality is also seeking land developers to service 337 medium density and 331 high density houses set for constructiont on a rocky mountainous area.
Gwanda town clerk Priscilla Nkala, in a notice, said the council was inviting eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in servicing the stands.
“Interested consultants should provide information, demonstrating that they possess the required qualifications, finances and relevant experiences to perform the services,” Nkala said.
She said the shortlisted consultants would be invited to submit detailed technical and financial proposals.
“A compulsory site inspection will be conducted on July 15 and interested bidders should meet at the Municipality of Gwanda boardroom, after which a tour will be done,” Nkala said.