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A GROUP of Zanu PF supporters has invaded Mazwi Nature Reserve which is by the Bulawayo City council and located some near Khami Ruins – a Unesco World heritage site.

Council sources told NewZimbabwe.com that more than 100 Zanu PF supporters clad in part regalia invaded the nature reserve last Monday morning.

The invaders, who were singing revolutionary songs, reportedly parcelled themselves pieces of land on the property which they claimed was being reserved for whites by the council.

“Mazwi Nature Reserve is under siege from people who claim to have been send by Zanu PF to grab land from the park,” said a council ranger who refused to be named for fear of victimization

“Since they took over the nature reserve, the invaders have been indiscriminately cutting down firewood and starting veld fires. They have also vandalized the game reserve’s electric fence.”

Council rangers have already fled the place, exposing the reserve’s wildlife to the invaders.

Mazwi Nature Reserve is home to a variety of wild animals which include giraffes, Impalas among other wild animals.

This is not the first time that the animal sanctuary has been invaded.

A group of Zanu PF activists invaded the property last year and partitioned some stands for themselves but they were booted out of the place by riot police.

While Zanu PF officials could not be reached for comment, Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo confirmed the invasion of the park.

“As council we are worried by this invasion of our property. Mazwi Nature Reserve belongs to the council. We are going to make all the necessary steps so that the law will take its course,” said the mayor.

The invasion of Mazwi Nature Reserve comes in the wake of President Robert Mugabe’s recent declaration that white farmers should not own land in the country.

Speaking to farmers in Mhangura, Mugabe said all remaining white farmers should leave.

“We say no to whites owning our land and they should go. They can own companies and apartments but not the soil,” said Mugabe.

Source : New Zimbabwe