Zimbabwe exporting lions to Kenya!

The cash-strapped Government of President Robert Mugabe is not aware that some criminals in the tourism industry are allegedly exporting lions to Kenya, The Zimbabwean can reveal.

Lions are among the top tourist attractions in Zimbabwe and are found at major tourist sites dotted around the country's national parks such as Hwange National Park and Gonarezhou National Park.

They are also found in Kariba, one of the most visited resort areas in Zimbabwe.

"Lions are being exported to Kenya," said Sakhile Masuku, Deputy President of the National Indigenous Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB).

She was speaking in Harare at a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

"This means that all the tourism business will then go to Kenya and there will be nothing left for Zimbabwe. Funny enough though, there are no disconcerting voices about this in the country.

"The responsible individuals claim that there is no land for the lions in Zimbabwe and they are crowding out human beings in the areas where they are located.

"So far, however, there have been no revelations about any big-wigs involved in the exports to Kenya."

Masuku is Deputy at NIEEB to business tycoon, David Chapfika.

The NIEEB, located at the prestigious National Social Security Association (NSSA) high rise building in Harare, was formed by controversial Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Employment Creation, Saviour Kasukuwere.

Among its responsibilities, the NIEEB is supposed to begin a Fund to give the youth and indigenous entrepreneurs who intend to snap up companies that are up for grabs in Zimbabwe.

Lions are a major tourist attraction and their export to Kenya could result in the country losing out on the foreign currency Masuku said in Harare.

Tourism, now under Engineer Walter Mzembi, is among the top earners bringing in much needed cash to boost Zimbabwe's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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