Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata has the dissolved the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) board with immediate effect.
She has also said that the review of policies and legislations on wildlife is scheduled to be concluded at the end of this year.
In a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday, Ms Kapata wished the outgoing board members success in their future endeavors.
“In line with my duties as appointing authority of the board of ZAWA, I have decided to dissolve it (board) with immediate effect.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the out-going board members individually and collectively for the contributions that they made to carry out the mandate of ZAWA. I wish them well and success in their other activities,” she said.
The minister said the nation will be informed at an opportune time on the composition of the new board.
Ms Kapata could, however, not disclose the reasons for dismissing the board but promised to call for a press conference next week to comprehensively discuss the matter.
And Ms Kapata has said Government is optimistic that the review of policies and legislation on wildlife will be concluded this year.
“I would like to inform the nation that the Ministry of Tourism and Arts is spearheading the review of the policy and legislation on wildlife.
We hope to complete both activities before the end of the year,” Ms Kapata said.
The out-going board was led by commercial farmer Guy Robinson.
Other board members included Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba, Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta and Timothy Mushibwe.
Also on the board were Ministry of Finance economist Chasiya Kazembe, Anita Poleti, Chieftainess Mwape of Petauke, Yonas Mita and Tourism permanent secretary.
The board was appointed in January last year by then Minister of Tourism and Arts Slyvia Masebo.
Jean Kapata – photo credit The Post