Friday, April 07, 2006

Rampaging hippos

(who could resist a headline like that!?) This story ties together subsidies, fuel allowances, national symbols and claims against the government of Zimbabwe for not doing enough. It's a victimfest!!

HARARE - Rampaging hippopotamuses have destroyed crops of resettled and communal farmers in Masvingo in the past few weeks, Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper reported. It said some farmers had now lost all hope of harvesting anything this season.

"In some of the plots the animals destroyed almost all the crops and now we do not know how we are going to repay the loans that we got last year to finance farming programmes," said farmer Emmanuel Matuma.

Affected farmers accused the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of not doing enough to tame the hippos. "We have been informing the parks people about the problems here but they never came here as they were arguing that they did not have fuel," said Charles Dzingirayi of Zano.

"We are now demanding compensation for our destroyed crops,"

Wildlife management spokesman Edward Mbewe ruled out paying any compensation to the affected farmers saying the authority was not liable to compensate farmers.

"Hippos are our national heritage like other wild animals and there is nothing which ties us to compensate those farmers whose crops were destroyed by these animals. Only last week, we actually shot one hippo in the area and this really shows our desire to contain the situation but we cannot be everywhere at the same time."

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