1.8 tonnes game meat seized

THE Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has impounded another truck ferrying over 1.8 tonnes (1,855kg) of assorted game meat in Luanshya and has arrested two female suspects in connection with the contraband.
This is barely two weeks after another truck carrying 3,900kg of assorted dried meat was seized in Luanshya on the Copperbelt.
Communication and public relations officer Readith Muliyunda said in a statement yesterday that ZAWA has since intensified operations aimed at destroying the market for game meat in Luanshya’s Kamirenda area and other hot-spots.
Ms Muliyunda said the arrested suspects were found on a truck after the driver of a Mitsubishi Fuso registration ABE 4283 escaped.
“The ZAWA team from the Copperbelt Area Management Unit, around 02:00 hours last weekend, impounded the truck which had sped off from a roadblock along the Mukuba-Ngabwe road, which is frequently used to transport meat into the Copperbelt,” Ms Muliyunda.
She said investigations have so far revealed that the seized truck belongs to Joseph Musenge, a resident of Luanshya.
She said the development also suggests that the Copperbelt provides easy market for game meat, likely poached from Lunga-Luswishi Game Management Area and Kafue National Park.
Ms Muliyunda said ZAWA has identified Ngalujere as the notorious trading centre for illicit game for buyers from the Copperbelt, Central and Lusaka provinces, including people from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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