Sad developments in the case of Ian Manning, who maintains several Zambian blogs and has contributed several times in discussions on this blog (e.g. here , here and here). Not sure whether the issue surrounding the deportation and the apparent whisking away from Zambia, is related to this case. No doubt as and when Ian is able to blog, we shall hear more on this.
Update (17th June):
Many thanks to the anonymous reader who provided the following update on Ian and giving us further information on the Ian's continued struggle for conservation and against the corruption of ZAWA et al.
Ian called in from Joburg in the early hrs of Monday, dazed and exhausted and having been put out unceremoniously by the Zambian officials at the border at Martins drift, broke, cell phone confiscated, he eventually found a seat on a minibus full of Zimbabwean refugees back from a funeral in Plumtree.
He's ok and now that he knows about the granting of his injuction on Friday night(making his risky and traumatic journey pointless), he is itching to get back and fight for his business, Landsafe project and his dignity.
Ali my sister, has just smsed to say permission has been granted for the lion breeding scheme in Livingstone something Ian has led the battle against, only recently relieved by growing public support from the residents of Livingstone. I wonder if this caused the thug element hiding under Levy Mwanawasa's good name, to rush a decision on Ian when the immigration game has been going on for almost two years and has cost Mbeza a fortune for temp permits ( at $1500/month) not to mention the collapse of the hunting company through all the damaging publicity.
Or perhaps the guys who have just been awarded his confiscated hunting area are worried he will follow them all the way to the supreme court, or then again the bunch of non-cowboys whom Ian exposed illegally privatizing a the Mwape forest reserve or indeed the Legacy gang annoyed about their two Ha in Livingstone instead of the 200 they had bribed ZAWA $9 mil for.
The list of crookedness Ian has tried to straighten out would make John Wayne look like the tea boy, a good record of his engagement can and should be found on his blogs starting with victoriafallsheritage.
I am ashamed of how little I have helped him in his relentless quest for justice and fair-play for voiceless people, wildlife, habitat and the law, so I only hope other colleages who distanced themselves from Ian feel a lot worse and make some sort of united moral stand and straighten up the tourism industry before Zambia looses everything of value to the greedy thieves. There are as Ian has pointed out many times enough laws to protect it, just a matter of if we insist on upholding these laws.