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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Chaos at ZAWA

There has been more chaos at Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) in the new year.

Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo on before the dawn of 2013 fired the ZAWA management team, including Director General Edwin Matokwani, for alleged corrupt practices in awarding Safari hunting concessions. Ms Masebo said ZAWA had awarded hunting concessions to a family cartel, among others, which had significant potential to promote money laundering. She has since reported the fired individuals to the ACC.

Now it gets confusing because ZAWA also has no board. The board was constituted in April 2012 by Minister Given Lubinda. Only to be fired in August 2012 by new Minister Sylvia Masebo. Now there's talk of places being advertised for the new board (unlikely). When the new ZAWA board is in place - they will then hire new management to run ZAWA.

In September Ms Masebo revealed that ZAWA had a debt of over K2 trillion (old Kwacha). We were also told that the reason for the ‘black hole’ is that ZAWA only receives about K4 billion (old Kwacha) annually when it requires more than K10 billion. In short, ZAWA's business model is not sustainable

We have previous touched on the rampant corruption and mismanagement at ZAWA here, here, here  here and here. How to sort out ZAWA? Answers on a postcard! 


  1. Parliament should have oversight over ZAWA and not the Minister. It is only in banana Republic Zambia that someone can level allegations at people. Find them guilty without due process and dismiss them. This is the problem with the recycled trash we have as leaders!

  2. The silver lining is that essentially rural communities have been given a blank sheet of paper. It is a great opportunity to shape a viable and robust future for local decision making based on integrated resource management. Government have no justification for continuing to eat the lion's share of resource incomes. Diverted to local partnership structures predatory taxes will go a long way to incentivise regeneration of environment, local empowerment, capacity building and a structure to hang rural usufruct investment on without having to sell off the land and its assets. Ever Optimistic!


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