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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The ZAWA Bombshell

Shocking revelations from a recent pre-season meeting of Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and hunting safari operators.  The discussion (embedded below) reveals that from 2013, ZAWA intends to convert Game Management Areas (GMAs) to fenced game ranches on 35-40 year leases, allowing permanent structures on a customary (usufruct) lease and with full hunting rights – safari, citizen, and resident - held by operator lessees, all fees paid direct to the community.  It appears that ZAWA has decided to privatise customary land from the comfort of their board room and without consultation with the Zambian people. This is a shocking development in how land is administered in Zambia. It is a shameful attempt to dispossess land from the poor and  must be thoroughly condemned. We are about to see a massive exodus of our people from their land if this monster is not checked sooner rather than later. 
The Pre Safari Hunting Meeting

3 comments:

  1. It should be noted that these minutes are not official ZAWA minutes and that the idea of 'privatising' GMAs and National Parks is not official ZAWA policy. ZAWA is looking at all options for its sustainability and the general concept of public/private partnerships is but one.

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  2. " It appears that ZAWA has decided to privatise customary land from the comfort of their board room and without consultation with the Zambian people. "

    Let me explain why this won't lead to economic sanctions, the way it did in Zimbabwe.

    First, land is not taken from whites, but from Africans.

    Secondly, land is given to western corporations, which is what the MDC in Zimbabwe want to do anyway, and not only land, but the mines, and parastatal companies.

    There will be no economic sanctions, no global villification, no media campaign, no claims of 'stolen elections'. And certainly no sanctimonious cries about the violations of the 'rule of law'.

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  3. These minutes were handed out after the meeting. That makes them official.

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