Cabinet has approved three bills and resolved to reduce the Hippo population along the Luangwa river following damage to the environment.
Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya says the three bills are “The Statistics Bill, 2018,” “The Border Management and Trade Facilitation Bill, 2018” and Constituency Development Fund Bill, 2018.
Ms. Siliya says all the bills have been approved for publication and introduction in the current sitting of parliament.
She says the introduction of the Statistics Bill, 2018, will provide for the establishment of an integrated National Statistical System.
The Chief Government Spokesperson adds that this Bill will also ensure best practice of collection of statistics as well as credibility of statistics through an Independent Statistical Agency.
And Ms. Siliya says the Border Management and Trade Facilitation Bill, 2018 aims at providing for coordinated border management and control for the efficient movement and clearance of goods.
She further notes that Cabinet feels enacting the Constituency Development Fund Bill will ensure accountability by providing for mechanisms of disbursing funds to Constituencies.
Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya has revealed that Cabinet further upheld the contract with the now defunct Zambia Wildlife Authority and Mabwe Adventures Limited on Hippo Culling along the Luangwa River.
She says Cabinet is aware that the current population of hippos in the Luangwa River is at 13-thousand which is beyond the carrying capacity of 9-thousand on a 270 km stretch.
Ms. Siliya says this has caused considerable damage to the environment, river banks and continues to threaten the sustainability of the river system
And Ms. Siliya says cabinet took note of Zambia’s planned participation at the up-coming 2018 African Union Sport Council Region 5 Under 20 Games from December 7th to 16th, 2018 to be held in Gaborone, Botswana.
She says Zambia’s participation in the regional sporting event is necessary as it will contribute to the exposure of young athletes at high level competitions.
Ms. Siliya says Cabinet has also resolved that this year’s National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation slated for Thursday, October18th, 2018 will be graced by President Edgar Lungu, in Kabwe, at the Zambia Railways Stadium, under the theme: “Facing the Future as a Reconciled, United and Prosperous Nation under God’s Guidance.”
This is contained in a statement availed to ZNBC News in Lusaka.