Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Charles Banda has said he will study and get a good understanding of the 50 percent partnership offer by Mushingashi Game Farm to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).
Speaking during a meeting at his office this morning, the Minister stated that the Government’s position is to step up wildlife conservation through partnerships with other stakeholders who bring on board, capacity, knowledge, skill and technical know-how.
He said this would be the best way to reduce poaching, as community will find themselves partners in the ownership of the wildlife resources.
Hon. Banda said it is for this reason that the government is engaging traditional leaders to get involved in initiatives like game ranching.
And Paul Jones, Chairman of Tudor Investment Corporation, who is owner of Mushinganshi said the partnership will come with great benefits to the entire Kafue Ecosystem.
He said once concluded, the partnership will be the signature of Zambia’s tourism and the restart of game ranching in the country.
Mr. Jones said his vision is to restore and enhance Mushingashi’s biodiversity and cooperate with its neighbours and partners to enhance the development and long-term integrity of the greater Kafue National Park ecosystem.
And former Secretary to the Cabinet Mr. Evans Chibiliti who is partner in the initiative said the partnership will assure government of continuous revenue in that whatever activities involved there will be an equal share.
According Mushingashi prospectus, the project is expected to see the procurement of vehicles, heavy equipment, road, power lines, fencing and other construction projects that are expected to generate Value Added Tax contribution of over USD 1miliion within 2018.