Prominent journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono has dismissed as lies reports that say he received his Boer goats from the ruling ZANU PF after the party reportedly threatened to take the goats saying they gave him the livestock. In a series of Twitter messages, seen by Pindula News, Chin’ono detailed how he got the goats and imported them from South Africa.
One Taurai Kundishaya, a member of the ruling ZANU PF said the project was initiated by the government as a pass-on project in which beneficiaries were supposed to pass goats to other farmers. Said Kundishaya:
This project was meant to be pass on. Government distributed goats to farmers so they breed and pass to others. Hopewell Chin’ono personalised the project. Now it’s time for the youths of Zimbabwe to demand their share. Here are your goats, just go and collect your share. Down with goatlooter
In response, Chin’ono claimed that he was being victimised for being a government critic. He said:
These are the full documents of how I imported my goats from South Africa. These are the import permits stating that I was importing 35 Boer goats from South Africa. They were issued in November/December 2016 & clearly state that I was importing Boer goats from South Africa.
The SA Pretoria Chief State Veterinarian who examined the goats and passed them to leave South Africa is Dr Gerald Manyatelo.
All the 35 goats are listed on the Bacteriology form which I have attached here. Attached is the South Africa Customs document at Beitbridge.
On left is the
Certificate of Origin document for the goats when they were leaving South Africa. The goats didn’t pay customs duty on the Zimbabwean side because goats are exempt from paying customs duty. Right is the ZIMRA clearance stamp for the transporter.
When the goats got to the Zimbabwean side, the Department of Veterinary Technical Services issued this document. This is the story of how I imported my Boer goats. Now I want ZANUPF and the regime to explain how and when they gave me Boer goats for my community! Havanyare!
I have been and still am a victim of State harassment and also ZANUPF harassment/abuse. I don’t have to say this anymore because you can all see it! I will never abandon my career as a journalist because of this State and ZANUPF harassment. I will not be silenced with LIES!
Every one of my Boer goats came with its individual certificate and they are all registered with the South African Stud Book and Animal Investment Association. I want to repeat this again, I NEVER received a goat or land from the Government of Zimbabwe! I live at the village.