Kapata lifts ban on safari hunting
Time Posted: August 21, 2014 6:26 pm
TOURISM and Arts Minister Jean Kapata (gesturing) in a conversation with Muchinga Province Minister Gerry Chanda (centre) and Bank of Zambia Deputy Governor for administration Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula in Linda Township in Lusaka
Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata has lifted the ban on Safari hunting which was imposed by her predecessor Sylvia Masebo last year.
Ms Kapata has told a media briefing in Lusaka today that government has revisited the position on hunting in order to avoid erosion of the sense of ownership of animals in local communities and reduction of vigilance which could result in a worsened poaching situation.
Ms. Kapata adds that the suspension of wild Cat hunting will still remain in force until a survey to ascertain their numbers plus other considerations and measures to ensure their sustainability are put in place.
The Minister adds that a position will be made very soon on the way forward with regards the Hunting blocks Concession Tender by the Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA) which was also suspended due to inability to select outfitters in Game Management areas arising from a flawed process in the Tender.
Ms. Kapata further states that her ministry has put in place measures to ensure that sanity prevails in Wildlife Safari Hunting Management which include hunting being conducted at least two kilometers beyond the boundary of a National Park.