Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva ordered Tslototho Rural District (RDC) to suspend hunting permits for Lodzi Hunter. The permit allowed Lodzi to hunt 50 elephants for the Tsholotsho RDC to finance the building of a football Stadium. This follows a suit which was filled by Matupula Hunters who contested the decision by Tsholotsho RDC to give Lodzi Hunters a permit to conduct elephant hunting in the same area in which it has exclusive safari rights.
The stadium is the brain child of local MP and Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Justice Takuva ruled:
It is not clear how first respondent expects the second respondent and the applicant to operate simultaneously in the same geographical area. What is clear is that on being faced with these facts, a reasonable man might entertain a reasonable apprehension of injury.
Accordingly, it is ordered that Tsholotsho RDC is interdicted from issuing to Lodzi Hunters any hunting permits over the land exclusively leased by applicant from first respondent in Tsholotsho North in terms of the agreement.