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Edgar Lungu ready to break existing cartels in the wildlife sector to help the locals

Economy Edgar Lungu ready to break existing cartels in the wildlife sector...

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) welcomes Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Acting Director General Kampamba Kombe at Chichele Presidential Lodge in Mfuwe on Saturday,February 7,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) welcomes Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Acting Director General Kampamba Kombe at Chichele Presidential Lodge in Mfuwe on Saturday,February 7,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

President Edgar Lungu has directed Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to propose policy and legislative reforms designed to make the wildlife industry work for the poor majority.

President Lungu issued the order when he received a special briefing from acting ZAWA Director-General Mr Kampamba Kombe on the status of the wildlife industry.

“I want to see this sector benefit the poor people who are always invariably the owners of the resource. If the sector, which is a collective endowment for all of us operates as a sector for only few by a few, then for me it can’t work. This is totally unacceptable. I am prepared to break-up by law, the existing cartels in the wildlife sector. I want you to immediately bring up proposals for legal and policy reforms that will make this sector work for the people,” the President said.

“I want rapid transformation of this industry because when God gave us these resources, He intended that this a common resource and there is no reason it can remain a preserve for a few.”

“Our people cannot as it were be perpetual spectators in the midst of plenty. This saddens me.”

The Head of State said it was unacceptable that in the vast South Luangwa National Park, there were only two indigenously owned lodges and that the entire wildlife sector chain, participation from Zambians was at a bare minimum. The President later visited Chimfule Lodge and Mushroom Lodge to understand the challenges Zambian entrepreneurs were facing to make it in the wildlife and tourism sectors.

“Our people cannot as it were be perpetual spectators in the midst of plenty. This saddens me. The policy direction you need we shall give you and I must assure you that I am prepared to go a step further to bring legislation to break up these cartels in the sector. If the industry cannot reform itself to allow locals to participate it is the responsibility of government to facilitate equity in the sharing of national resources,” he said. “ We cannot have a tourism and wildlife industry owned by foreigners, operated by foreigners and for foreigners. We need change.”

The President is concerned that when the great majority of the people are excluded from the enjoyment of their God-given resource, the risk of resource-nationalism is ever so present and therefore Government intervention was inevitable to forestall disorder.

And the President has announced that his administration will pilot a visa waiver for one year for nationals from four countries: two Asian and two European to ascertain the effect on tourism arrivals. During the trio period, the government will undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the waiver with specific focus on the impact on security and other related matters.

On hunting concessions, the President encouraged the ZAWA boss to adhere to the law and ensure that no single group of people is allowed to dominate the hunting blocks. “When you are within the law you will always have our support and you therefore have to proceed as you professionally deem fit.

Mr Kombe thanked the President for retaining Hon. Jean Kapata as Tourism Minister because she has stabilised the operations of ZAWA and reduced negative publicity around the organisation to a bare minimum since she assumed office.

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at Chichcele Presidential Lodge on Saturday,February 7,2015.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at Chichcele Presidential Lodge on Saturday,February 7,2015.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) greets people at Kakumbi Shopping Centrer in Mfuwe on Saturday,February 7,2015.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) greets people at Kakumbi Shopping Centrer in Mfuwe on Saturday,February 7,2015.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE


    • We entirely support this working holiday your Excellency. Clean up the mess both in Government hospitals, Government Agents and institutions that will make your Government deliver serious development now and beyond 2016 to the expectations of your people. Zambia is not just Lusaka and am sure you are more than informed that a lot of people did not support your effort when it mattered most and these should not pretend to be good to you toady simply because you are now in State House.

      There are many young men and women who were with you through hard times whilst most big bwanas in higher offices had their legs in two camps and supporting your enemies.

      This is time to reflect and put your devoted and loyal team to work.

      God bless you your Excellency.

    • This guy is a failure already, a few week in power. A stolen election will never deliver.
      Towards 2016, more skeletons will be exposed of how he won the elections.

    • This is more of capital investments and empowerment including exposure to world class tourism for locals than blaming foreign tourism investors. Are there any laws that disadvantage locals.

  1. Mr Lungu, these pronouncements you have made are laudable and need to be applauded. The visa waiver proposal has the potential to increase tourism levels and therefore grow the economy and create jobs but measures need to be put in place to ensure such tourists don’t overstay or engage in criminal activities or even get lost within the system.
    And you are absolutely right, it is about time our people benefitted from the wildlife resources rather than be spectators and receive crumbs from the dining tables of foreigners reaping the cream from these resources and yet our people live in abject poverty. I am a UPND supporter but my priority is Zambia and when you do right we will support you a 100% as our president.
    Please ensure that implementation is put into place as soon as possible.

  2. @ Ulibe Nzelo, this is very painful! I warned you that wina azalila, but you couldn’t heed to my warning. Next year wina will be finished and buried for good at Chingwerere Cemetery! Watch this space!

  3. Edgar Lungu man of words and no action . Campaign time is over Mr President start acting…Chimbwi no plan reloaded. ..No vision President

    • Two years ago during the UNWTO panel discussion, I remember Senior Chief Inyambo telling the government on the need of mainstreaming local communities in the tourism supply chain. This is an approach to link tourism with poverty alleviation; tourism that results in increased net benefits for local communities within areas of tourism.

      In order for communities to effectively participate in regional tourism as economic players, there’s need to identify where the poor participate and; what opportunities exist for increasing the participation and earnings of the communities. Before communities can make attempts to impact the industry, it is important that they have an understanding of the process itself (expectations & realities).

    • Honestly speaking, there’s been a lot of literature written on the many challenges that Zambia faces at different levels of society and in the same vain so are the numbers of solutions proffered. As such there’s nothing new or exciting in what the president has said so far since he assumed office. As a matter of fact, what will be exciting and refreshing is to see the implementation of policies/solutions and not pronouncements. What is even more baffling is some Zambians who continue to give some sorry-arse of an excuse on behalf of the president when we should have had a full cabinet by now. What are they saying about the constitution, corruption ? Excuses, excuses at every turn!

  4. You Lungu, stop being emotional. We tried that track with the Mines, look what happened, Zambia was on its knees with rundown bankrupt mines. The management of our wildlife is best left to pipo with experience in this case the whites. Just make sure they participate in community development and employ only Zambians.
    you will have no wild life left.

    • Us Africans, wl poach evrthing including crocodiles if allowed wandering about in these game parks in the name of setting up Lodges. We are too greedy and hungry for easy money.
      EL should not be making emotional statements. What he should hv done is to call for an inclusive indaba for all Lodge owners in these game parks to hear their views, why visit only Zambian owned Lodges, why didn’t he pay courtesy visit to foreign held Lodges too? Its acting cowardly as a president. Careful with what u get from those indigenous, many are simply jealous with the success of their white counterparts and just want an easy way out. Do not import the idea of chasing out foreign investors who hv sweated 4 yrs 4 their invsnt-ask yr mentor Mugabe of what has remained of the farms he grabd from whites..

    • Zezamba who told you Africans poach everything. ..if it was up to your white gods you wouldn’t have any buffalos in those parks like is the case in Northern America.

  5. All stakeholders in the tourism industry. The starting point is for GRZ to come up with proposals which they can put forward in parliament in consultation with tour operators and other relevant stakeholders As opposed to a single entity being tasked with this national programme.

  6. Zambia can do better if tourism is left to the professional tourist operatives. If left to the politicians, we will continue having bad decisions ad it was almost the case recently, in the Lower Zambezi which could have been given to mining operations. This is what happens when you leave tourism in the hands of a greedy politician. EL, my advice to you is not to be everywhere but instead, solve one problem at a time and in this case, concentrate on resolving the mining taxation, the Western province issue, the internal PF practical reconciliation and most of all, the continuity of the late Sata’s infrastructure programmes before you could even think of thinking about any additions to your agenda. Be truthful and the Zambian people will respect you.

  7. @ ichalo lifupa
    i totally agree with u.
    edgar needs to continue with satas largacy especially in infrastructural development n the lest will be easy for him to succede

  8. This why I call these mis- leaders empty tins…what he is talking about here is sustainable tourism something we have talking about all along; where was this empty tin Lungu when his now Foreign Minister the ***** Kalaba had given mining rights for an open pit mine to foreign investors in Lower Zambezi.
    Where has he been the past 3 years was he drunk?

  9. Some of us have been trying to bring attention to this extraction for years. Nice to note that government is willing to begin a discussion on Zambian tourism with Zambians involved as stake holders. Zambia has one of the best wildlife viewing and hunting ranges in the world. I personally know professional hunters and tourist operators that have confessed to this. Its time to bring attention to this potential. Outdoors man magazine and national geographic are dieing to host events in Zambia. ZTB needs to up its game. Maybe oneday we will have a government that actually understands investment.

  10. Mfuwe is a very important place for Presidents. It is also ideal for everyone. It is a very quiet place and ideal for holidays. If you are planning for a holiday or will have a honeymoon, please don’t hesitate to call me for proper arrangements.

    Mfuwe offers the best accommodation in the province. There are executive rooms at the lodges and offers excellent services including game drives in the South Luangwa National Park guided by highly qualified and experienced safari guides. Game drives are always done by self and authorized safari vans. No small cars are allowed in the park. You can also take a walk where you can meet with lions while on foot. This can make you feel the real Africa.

    The people of Mfuwe are very friendly. President Kaunda knows best of the place.

  11. I think the president is beginning to show his outdated and uninformed mentality which sounds a bit like UNIP to be honest. There is nothing to stop Zambians from running lodges or indeed mines in Zambia – the fact that the President believes in some imaginary conspiracy of “cartels” that he is incidentally too lazy to identify is unfortunately quite worrying. The fact is more that Zambian citizens do not have the inclination to participate in the sector since it is very hard work, a risky business and you have to spend your life living in the bush surrounded by snakes and other unpleasant wild animals that are not found in Lusaka or Kitwe or Ndola. Or maybe he is starting to experiment with racism as a political tool, we shall see

  12. The President has made political pronouncement, some a little too political.
    It’s up to the technocrats and other experts to streamline his vision and make it relevant.
    The ZAWA DG must avoid tactical campaigning for Jean Kapata, that was a political appointment by the President and Executives like the DG should keep away . That’s unnecessary.

  13. If Zambia is looking for talent we suggest a person who works day and night promoting Zambia as a destination choice. This person can work side by side with the tourism minister and ZAWA. This individual has a diploma in hotel and restaurant management and a bachelor of hospitality tourism and management. All three will compliment one another in boosting the tourism economy. We enjoy all the posts on Twitter. Just Goggle @clarajust1 and you will be amazed at all the wonderful contributions this Zambia does.

  14. Kindly myself am just an observer on Zambia wildlife Authority, On the speech from His Excellence President Lungu, there is no indication or promise of taking back zawa into government.Kindly we have been receiving reports that, zawa soon will be called National Parks and Wildlife Services, Please bwana DG ZAWA what is latest our sisters and brothers in zawa are getting poorer and poorer every day, we need a reply put it in the paper

  15. It is a positive move to tourism Edgar. I found land in lower lupande where i want to build a camp but chief kakumbi wont give it to me because i am black zambian. He only gives (sales) land to muzungus. That is number one obstacle. I cant access a loan from any bank because i have no collateral. Obstacle number two. Association of Muzungu lodges will object to my proposal. Obstacle three. List goes on.

  16. There is a Zambian girl who knows the ins and outs of tourism. She has a diploma and bachelor of hospitality and tourism management, teaches about tourism law. She has a twitter account promoting Zambia without even being paid but simply for the love of Zambia. Tourism people need to find her. Not sure if I can but her Twitter is: @clarajust1

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