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State urged to recruit more wildlife police officers

ZAWA director general Kampamba Kombe has urged Government to recruit more wildlife police officers to tighten anti-poaching controls in national parks.
Mr Kombe said the labour force of wildlife police officers currently stands at about 1,200 and that there is urgent need to increase to about 3,500.
He said in an interview in Lusaka that increasing the number of wildlife police officers will ensure that animals in national parks are properly secured and adequately protected from poaching.
“We are asking the Government to employ more wildlife police officers so that we can secure our animals.
“Currently, our labour force stands at approximately 1,200, and we need about 3,500 wildlife police officers. But I am happy that there is commitment from the Government to employ more wildlife police officers,” Mr Kombe said.
He urged the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe to urgently implement the SADC Uni-visa to help boost tourism and economic activity between the two countries.
Mr Kombe said the single SADC visa will considerably improve the flow of tourists to and within the region.
He said the uni-visa is set to broaden and enrich the tourism experience, while providing important economic benefits to the region’s diverse host countries and communities.
Mr Kombe said increase in tourism arrivals would benefit both nations economically.
“Increase in tourism arrivals can boost our economies because this improves the job market through job creation and poverty reduction,” he said.
This pilot initiative is being developed in close cooperation with the KAZA TFCA and the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa and is being supported by the World Bank and the German Development Bank.
The uni-visa will enable people to use a single visa to access Zambia and Zimbabwe for 30 days.

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