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Poachers, animals killed 26 wildlife officers in line of duty in 2022- Sikumba

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Government has disclosed that 26 wildlife officers were killed during the course of duty in 2022.

Rodney Sikumba says the officers have passed away owing to various reasons that include being killed by poachers and dangerous animals, diseases and of natural courses like illness due to change of environment.

Speaking in a speech read for him at the International World Rangers day in Lusaka by Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Evans Muhanga, Mr Sikumba said among the 26 was the death of a Wildlife police officer Cosmas Ng’andwe who died from injuries sustained from gunshots after being bedridden for two years.

The Minister said many more officers have sustained injuries in the line of duty.

Meanwhile Mr Sikumba noted that the manpower of people taking care of unprotected areas is low but emphasized that the government is working to address the issue with cooperating partners.

Department and National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) Acting Director Andrew Chomba said 150 rangers are killed globally on the line of duty every year.

The theme for this year’s International World Rangers day is “30 by 30” emanating from the requirement set by the United Nations that 30 percent of the planet is effectively conserved and managed by 2030.

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. What a load of nonsense !
    died maybe because of change of enviroment ???????????
    How many times do us voters need to cry for a RESHUFFLE

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    • Please fire that idyoot of permanent secretary. Whada fvck is this? Wildlife officers died because of poachers and mosquitos.
      This is worst speech have ever heard my life. This ministry is run by hyenas.

  2. Load of nonsense for real. These guys lack seriousness. Surely, they would do better to indicate numbers for each category so that we understand. How many of the 22 were killed by animals and how many by people. Why bother on natural causes because we all die of such?

  3. But kwena, the nonsense of these journalists 26 killed by poachers and dangerous animals.
    Article, one wildlife officer died from bullet wounds after fighting for two years with complications from gunshot wound. The others apparently died from illnesses and others from natural *courses*. As if there is a difference between illness death and natural *courses*, whatever that is.

  4. DESPERATELY WANTED: TRAINED JOURNALISTS!
    Who on earth could write (and pass) such a stry for publication?
    “Rodney Sikumba says the officers have passed away owing to various reasons” Who is Rodney Sikumba? What are the various reasons? Magazines at my primary school produce better copy.

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