ZAWA sponsors 15 swimmers

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This year’s 42 kilometres conservation awareness swimming across the Lake Tanganyika will take place on Saturday 8th, November 2014.

A group of fifteen local and international swimmers will attempt to cross Lake Tanganyika in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of the same lake and Nsumbu national park in Kaputa district of Northern Province.

This is the swimmers’ third attempt to try and cross the 42 kilometres of the world’s second deepest lake since the activity started as annual conservation awareness and fundraising event in 2012.

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Communications and Public Relations Officer Readith Muliyunda has disclosed the development to ZANIS in a statement in Lusaka today.

Muliyunda said ZAWA has since pledged to support fifteen swimmers drawn from Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya.

She said Lake Tanganyika and Nsumbu national park have continued to be threatened by illegal fishing and poaching hence ZAWA’s partnership with the conservation of Lake Tanganyika to help protect the two areas.