Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela says Government will not tolerate land encroachments in national parks.
Speaking when he checked on the Chikomeno GIZ funded project at Lukusuzi national park in Lumezi district, Eastern province , Hon.Chitotela said eviction of people illegally staying in national parks is non negotiable.
He said mostly people who encroach national parks do it purely for criminal activities such as poaching but hiding under the guise of being fishermen.
Hon. Chitotela expressed happiness that illegal settlers in Lukusuzi national park have been completely removed and the area is ready for animal restocking.
” We will not condone illegalities. All those illegally staying in national parks will have to move out and there will be no compensation. Those in Kafue national park will also have to move out because they have where they are coming from,” Hon.Chitotela said.
“People who do encroachments in national parks do it purely for criminal activities such as poaching but hiding in the name of being fishermen. If land encroachments in national parks is not dealt with, the country will be left with nothing in terms of wildlife,” he said.
And Hon. Chitotela assured the Department of National Wildlife and Parks that he will stand with them in their execution of duties.
He said officers under the Department of National Wildlife and Parks are Heroes because they are working hard to safeguard wildlife for future generations.
Meanwhile, Hon. Chitotela expressed happiness with the implementation of the chikomeno GIZ funded project at Lukusuzu national park.
He said Government continues to enjoy a good working relationship with the Germans.