TOURISM and arts minister Dr Charles Banda has warned poachers and illegal wildlife traders that their days are numbered.
Speaking at Kwacha House when he handed over 13 Ford Ranger vehicles valued at K5,348,762.32 to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) yesterday, Dr Banda said law enforcement officers would find the poachers.
He said the ministry values wildlife because Zambia’s tourism is largely nature based and therefore wildlife continues to be a significant base for tourism development in the country.
He said the government considers wildlife as an important component of the country’s natural capital and desires to secure it for economic growth, poverty alleviation and preservation of the country’s heritage.
And DNPW director Paul Zyambo said the department had taken the occasion as a challenge to catch the poachers and protect Zambia’s wildlife heritage.
He said the vehicles would also help the department in collecting the necessary revenues and attend to wildlife demands across the country.
This is the second handover this month following 12 Nissan Hard Body vehicles that were recently given to the department.
This is according to a statement issued by ministry spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe.