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Poaching worries Sinazongwe DC

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
SINAZONGWE district commissioner Protacial Mulenga says his administration is concerned about rampant poaching in the district, especially on Chete Island.
Mr Mulenga said poaching is a threat to the growth of tourism in the district, saying that foreigners are the major culprits in decimating the animal population in Sinazongwe.
“As a district administration, we are worried with the increased poaching by some people that are targeting the ‘big’ game in the national parks in the district,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said there is need to beef up the number of Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers in the area to curb poaching.
“The wildlife on this island must be protected, and the community must also be sensitised so that they can be the agents of Government in protecting wildlife. When the communities do so, they will be able to help Government to prevent the killing of the big game,” he said.
Mr Mulenga paid tribute to some of the local people for being alert and helping protect the animals.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulenga is concerned about the harsh treatment of local fishermen who stray into foreign waters. He said fishermen need sensitisation on how to stick to the Zambian waters while on Lake Kariba.
“Our people that fail to observe the border-line on the water are heavily fined. This is a source of concern and our people need to be educated on the need to ensure that they keep to the Zambian side of the lake,” he said.

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