Government has abolished the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) which has been facing operation challenges resulting in workers going months without salaries.
Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata said ZAWA will now exist as a government department in the ministry of Tourism and Arts.
Ms Kapata told parliament in a ministerial statement delivered this morning that the decision has been done in a bid to address the many problems that ZAWA has been facing.
The Minister said the move follows a Cabinet decision of November 2014 which agreed to transform ZAWA into a government department. She said her ministry will assimilate the ZAWA staff into the agency that will be created to look into the affairs of wildlife and the game parks.
“The members of staff who will not be happy with the new move and conditions of service will be paid their terminal benefits and new staff members will be recruited to run the wildlife affairs well,” she said.
She says the implementation of the reforms will not result in job losses but will increase efficiency in the running of the ZAWA affairs.
Ms Kapata told the house that the Zambia Wildlife Act will be repealed and replaced with the government agency that will be created.