Mr Noel Nkhoma opposes Masebo’s firing of ZAWA Director General

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An economist has called for the appointment of an independent body to address issues at the Zambia Wild life Authority -ZAWA.

Mr Noel Nkhoma says he does not approve of the manner in which Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo has fired ZAWA Director General Edwin Matokwani and four other senior officials at the institution.

Mr Nkhoma says the problems at ZAWA will never end as long as an independent body is not appointed to superintendent affairs at the organisation.

He says the minister’s decision to fire Mr Matokwani compromises governance issues and has urged MS Masebo to revisit the development.

But another economist, Willard Mweemba says the cancelation of the hunting concessions is good development although he is of the view it should have been done cautiously.

Mr Mweemba has urged the minister to ensure that the next issuance of licenses is transparent so that more local people benefit from the programme.

He says if the exercise is done haphazardly Zambia risks discouraging tourists from visiting the Country because most licence holders are tourists.

Ms Masebo has fired Zambia Wildlife Authority Director General Edwin Matokwani with four other senior ZAWA officials for alleged corrupt practices in handling the latest safari hunting concessions.

And Ms Masebo has with immediate effect cancelled the 19 safari hunting concessions that are alleged to have been irregularly awarded by ZAWA on 26th December 2012.

The Minister announced at a media briefing in Lusaka on Sunday that she has also reported the matter to security wings for investigations and possible prosecution.