Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga
Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga

Ministry of Tourism and Arts has refuted reports that 80 black Lechwes are missing in Bangweulu Wetlands.

Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga disclosed that former Tourism Minister Charles Banda in March 2019 issued a capture permit for 50 Black Lechwe to Langani Game Ranch in Kazungula and 30 Black Lechwe to Kwisoko Game Farm in Lusaka.

Mr. Malupenga notes that the animals were captured and translocated to the two farms on September 10, 2019 following the authorization.

The PS says the Department of National Parks and Wildlife’s Research and Veterinary Unit had earlier carried out an ecological assessment at these establishments to ensure that they were habitable by the species.

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  1. What a peace of idyot that PS.
    The animals were stolen and sold to ranchers. That’s the fact.
    Same as saying that Letchews are missing/captured from Bangweulu swamps to somewhere else.
    They are stolen, but you know where they are period.

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    • The fact is that the Lechwes are not Bangweulu. Nice try, trying to cover the tracks now.

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    • Public property translocated into private management? Authorization by permits were they then sold? What says the Director of the National Parks and Wildlife Department who in my view is the professional who should have issued a statement explaining to the public the motives that led to capturing and translocating the animals and under whose management they are currently! Had the Community Based Natural Resources Management Board (CBNRM) of the local area been informed of such an activity to be undertaken? Why should a public concern activity be clandestine? Somebody somewhere wants to buy these animals what is being exposed is that the animals are on transit to some destination being hidden from the public.

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    • Why move them from their natural habitat … there’s a seriously ecology reason why this animals thrive in the Bangweulu.

      There’s a serious profit motive to this and the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise would understand if the right reasons are disclosed.

      Do not insult their intelligence on this.

      Epo mpelele nebo.

      BRM

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  2. Say more PS: Who owns those ranches, govt or bazungu?

    Problem is, these new homes or habitats usually act as conduits to SA Auction Houses where these trophies fetch millions of rand’s per head.

    I smell a rat.

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    • Langani game ranch is owned by Findlay. With Chitotela now in charge of wildlife it will be a miracle if there will be any animal left in their natural habitat.

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  3. We have an abundance of dirty corrupt rats in government. So we can easily introduce a zoo where foreigners like my white wife can tour the zambian government zoo and experience first hand real life rats in their natural habitat. The teethy rat will be very popular among the rats. My white wife is for this idea

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  4. Iwe Amos Malupenga
    1. Can you prove through images/video recordings showing where the stolene animals have been relocated to?
    2. Why was this not communicated to the public before relocation?

    Tell us

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  5. How much was paid for this purchase by the private ranch? Hunting safaris for these animals are sold in tens of thousands of dollars so don’t talk about the permit what we want to hear is about money. It seems Zambia is in the hands of the PF Mafia. Edgar Guguwetu Wazabanga

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  6. I BLAME THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY FOR GIVING THIS JUNK SUCH A SENSITIVE MINISTRY,IS IT PLOT TO LOT OUT THE ANIMALS POPULATION THROUGH DEALS ! PLEASE MR.PRESIDENT ONE DAY YOU WILL REGRET YOUR ACTIONS.NOTHING IS HIDDEN ON THIS PLANET.

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  7. PF scandals
    1. Land in a Gazetted Forest Reserve area shared by Jean Kapata (lands Minister), and Chief Justice Mambilima
    2. President Lungus wife Esther travels to the USA with 22 or more persons to collect Firefighting trucks on before of Govt. Esther is not a Government Official
    3. 47 Houses under construction /constructed in Lusaka. Government and Lusaka City Council fail to identify the owner
    4. Unnecessary trips by the President within Zambia to areas where he has appointed Ministers to represent him. Why not a telephone call /VCU (video Conference Units) or other devices/applications like Skype (video call). He has to fly to these places which is very expensive
    5. Foreign trips by the President. Is it really necessary for him to travel everywhere he is invited. We have…

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  8. Cont……
    5. Foreign trips by the President. Is it really necessary for him to travel everywhere he is invited. We have Ambassadors representing him. Why not delegate some of these tasks. Give an explanation to the hosts (cost saving measures we are a poor country)
    6. Exporting of maize to neighboring Countries when we do not have enough to feed our own in Zambia
    7. Minister of Lands Kapata. Mukulu trees just being transported through Zambia. From which country Kapata???? You forgot to gives us the name of the Country the trees were imported from
    8. Political violence is now resulting in deaths, just under the nose of the Government and Police
    WHAT IS GOING ON IN ZAMBIA? THE PRESIDENT MUST EXPLAIN, BEFORE THE COUNTRY IS PLUNGED IN TO DISASTER IN FORM OF A CIVIL WAR. YOU THINK IT…

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    WHAT IS GOING ON IN ZAMBIA? THE PRESIDENT MUST EXPLAIN, BEFORE THE COUNTRY IS PLUNGED IN TO DISASTER IN FORM OF A CIVIL WAR. YOU THINK IT ONLY HAPPENS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. WATCH OUT ZAMBIA WAS NOT LIKE THIS BEFORE. THE SOCALLED DAY OF NATIONAL PRAYERS WILL NOT HELP IN ANYWAY

    If the President has failed to provide leadership, there is no shame in admitting and thus resigning paving way for someone who can manager
    I rest my case

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    • A white wife OR pig colored Wife???? What is the defination of the color white
      What does color white mean in the Bible?

      White, in the Bible and in even today, is associated with purity, things that are good, innocence, honesty, and cleanliness. In addition to purity, white is often associated with righteousness

      I DONT NOT WANT TO DISCUSS COLOR, BUT JUST TO REMIND YOU SIR. THERE IS NO WHITE PERSON ON PLANET EARTH, THAT IS PLAIN TRUTH. IF YOU READ ABOVE YOU CAN READ BETWEEN THE LINES AS TO WHY CERTAIN PEOPLE ON EARTH HAVE CHOSEN TO ASSOCIATE THEMSELVES WITH THE WHITE COLOR. LOOK AT THE POTRAIT OF JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD, HE HAS BEEN PORTRAID TO BE A WHITE THOUGH HE WAS BORN IN JERUSALEM. NAMED THE SON OF GOD, AND YOU MR. BLACKEE A SON OF A DEVIL. IN SHORT ALL PIG COLORED PERSONS…

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      NAMED THE SON OF GOD, AND YOU MR. BLACKEE A SON OF A DEVIL. IN SHORT ALL PIG COLORED PERSONS ARE SONS/DAUGHTERS OF GOD

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    • Interesting that you are quoting a book written by the same white people. ***deleted**

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  10. The only thing left for lungu and his gang left to loot and sell are the game parks and animals herein…….

    Only the vigilance of the local population and chiefs can save Zambias wildlife for future generations from this broke maruding gang of lungu……

    Chitotela was not appointed without reason by lungu to that ministry……

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    • The best ranch is state house in lusaka. You will find the biggest rat in Africa there

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  11. Black Lechwe are EXTREMELY RARE, only found in Bangweulu, which makes them worth their weight in Gold, & I mean it, WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD!!
    These Dununa reverse 1di.0t2 know very well what they are doing, with complete disregard of the Nation.
    Remember someone gave Buffaloes that don’t belong to him -(Government trophy – Property of The Republic of Zambia), to a King of some country, where he goes to enjoy ogling teenage maidens @ the Reed ceremony, with no shame whatsoever.
    ZAMBIA WILL BE WORSE OFF THAN ZIMBABWE, WITH THESE GOONS IN POWER, WATCH THIS SPACE!!

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  12. So now this government is translocating animals to private game ranches? For what reasons? There can only be two reasons: 1)To facilitate the animals’ ‘export’ abroad and 2)to make the owners of these game ranches richer as there are no animals in the parks for the public to view

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  13. yaps this so serious crime.Thing man should be arrested and imprisoned.We can’t have such pipo in the govt.How on earth did they move animals into private ranches. Does the president understand he is making himself very unpopular being surrounded with thieves and mafias like Findllays. Kamwbili was right bane Findlay should be taught a lesson.He can’t be abusing naturals resources.Malupenga also is not qualified to hold that position.Let him just be reporting.Charles banda was also a wrong person.He finished selling animals.Why do we have such pipo in gvt ba Lungu.Do you care about this country?.These animals if they wont go back to Banmgweulu i’ll not vote foryou.Take back our animals.You’re just busy destroying the PF party.You want HH to rule us bcoz of your failure to stop these…

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  14. B R Mumba, Sr ,i support u on this. Cz,these chaps are only interested in making themselves rich at the expense of zambians

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  15. We all know that scattered teeth exchanged them with balls of chamba with his drug dealer BFF, they will be probably smoking it up to close the deal, scatter teeth is the worst president the earth has ever seen, the moron is just plain dull…. the drunk is a real [email protected]

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  16. shame on pipo who are accusing chitotela, him was not there ,its malupenga and the former. jelos brings confusion among us

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  17. We state time and again about the shady dealings of this govt. and some people continue to bury their heads in the sand. Why would you move the animals to private ranches? For what purpose? Who owns them? Why wasn’t there any publicity? If the conservationist had not brought this to light would we have been any the wiser to these shenanigans? This is why I also keep emphasising that we have a very week civil society in Zambia. They should be asking all these questions and using all available means to get to the truth. Mind you, we have so many other issues that have since been swept under the carpet. Zambians seem to forget easily, or they eventually shrug off matters instead of taking the govt. to account.

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