Zambia declares war on poachers5th September 2012
The Minister of Tourism and Arts, Sylvia Masebo , has declared ‘war’ on poachers as she announced the arming of wildlife police before the end of this year. Ms. Masebo said this on Sunday when she commissioned the new Zebra uniform for Zambia Wildlife Authority ( ZAWA ) officers at Chunga Wildlife Training School in the Kafue National Park.
“We will get you fire-arms before the end of the year. ZAWA officers have been killed on a number of occasions by ruthless poachers in remote areas,” she said. Ms Masebo , who donned the new ZAWA combat uniform said, “I am declaring war against poaching. ZAWA officers will deal sternly with wildlife crime. ”
Adding: “We must give value to our animals just like we give value to humans. Wildlife is not just for eating. It’s a resource that could improve our country’s economy. The economic value of wildlife can only be realised if the natural resource is preserved and protected."
Speaking earlier, Lieutenant General Mihova said Zambia has become a poaching hot spot. Gen Mihova , who is also the chairperson for the Central Joint Operations Committee (a grouping of defence and security wings in the country) ,said poaching poses a threat to national security.
“You ( ZAWA officers) are now comrades in uniform. Poachers pose a threat to national security because most of them belong to organized international syndicates,” he said. The Army Commander said most terrorist groups are now turning to poaching to finance their activities.
ZAWA director general Edwin Matokwani said the commissioning of new uniforms for officers is in line with the PF’s promise to change the face of ZAWA .
“ZAWA will do its best to protect wildlife so that we can unlock the tourism potential,” he said. Adding that ZAWA will transform into a paramilitary organization with the ability to match the prowess of poachers. He also commended government for giving the authority K15 billion for its operations.
"This a very positive move for Zambia," says DSWF CEO, Melanie Shepherd. "We applaud any action that helps protect the natural resources and wildlife of Zambia and the men and women who work so tirelessly in the field to save the lives of endangered wildlife."
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