Masebo bans hunting of lions but stakeholders say its another emotional move

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Torurim minister Sylvia Masebo on Wednesdsay stunned delegates to the illegal consultative meeting  on the wildlife sector when she announced the cancellation of lion and leopard hunting and made a u-turn that she had not cancelled the tenders for hunting licenses but merely stopped the process of tendering.
“Some of the clarifications on the process are that no tender that
was awarded has been cancelled, instead, what was stopped was the
process of tendering itself. I did not cancel the tender for safari hunting but merely stopped the process,” Masebo said much to the astonishment of the delegates.
From the meeting, it was clear that Masebo acted emotionally to announce the ban on leopard and lion hunting mainly on account of wrong advice from her friends, a close associate to Masebo said.
“Masebo is a puppet of individuals like Yousuf Zumla who is her chief advisor and has personal agenda to settle old score with competitors  and has been using his relationship with Masebo not knowing that he is harming the entire sector,” said one of the delegates close to Masebo.
Regrettably, there was no scientific data to show that Lions and Leopards are endangered species in the country and therefore the delegates did not understand why she decided to ban the hunting of the two species.
“Income levels of ZAWA will go down since most of its income originates from selling lion and leopards. This will certainly have an effect on community income, pledges for the community and employment levels will reduce. As a result poaching levels will raise,” the delegate said
Another safari operator who spoke on condition of anonymity said that they were not consulted by Masebo when she made the decision to ban the hunting of leopards and lions.
“We have clients with booked safaris for 2013 hunting season and many other inquiries as well. The move will make Zambia an unpopular hunting destination,” he said.
Another delegate from the Professional Hunters Association of Zambia Gavin Robinson, who spoke before Masebo said that uncertainties in the tourism sector would certainly affect Zambia. He said that the earlier announcement by Masebo that she had cancelled the tenders would greatly affect the country’s tourism prospects.
“People in Europe and America wish to hunt and with the happenings, Zambia will lose income,” Robinson said.
He said that there were not merely killing the animals but were conservationists and therefore work closely with ZAWA to conserve wildlife.
And most of the delegates to the meeting complained to Masebo and Vice president Guy Scott that the notice for the consultations was short as they had to travel long distances. As a result of the short notice, only few delegates managed to attend.
As such some felt that the meeting was not consultative but merely a talking show for Masebo to push her agenda.
Only three chiefs attended out of the majority that were in Game management Areas (GMA).

Maebo  banned the hunting of lions and other endangered wild cats such as leopards because it sees more value in game viewing tourism than blood sport, the country’s tourism minister said on Thursday.
Sylvia Masebo told Reuters big cat numbers were also too low to have a sustainable hunting industry.
“Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry,” Masebo said.
The estimated $3 million that Zambia earned from safari hunting of all its wild animals annually was too little to merit the continued depletion of Zambia’s wildlife, she said.
“Why should we lose our animals for $3 million a year? The benefits we get from tourist visits are much higher,” she said.
The leopard population for the sprawling southern African country is not known while lion numbers are not believed to exceed around 4,500. Estimates for Africa’s lion population vary from around 20,000 to 30,000, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and is falling in the face of numerous threats including conflict with livestock farmers and loss of prey and habitat.  Zambia’s moves follow neighboring Botswana’s decision to ban all sport hunting from 2014 as it also works to promote itself as a game viewing destination. Wildlife-rich Kenya set this trend when it halted trophy and sport hunting decades ago.

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41 Responses to Masebo bans hunting of lions but stakeholders say its another emotional move

  1. SATA WAS ONCE ARRESTED BY ZAWA WHEN HE WAS MINISTER IN MMD..HIS RELATIVES HAVE ALSO BEEN JAILED BY ZAWA BEFORE IN MPIKA..HE HAS A BORN TO CHEW WITH ZAWA..BUT HE IS PAYING BACK TO THE WRONG CHAPS..

    ZAWA - January 11, 2013
    17:03

  2. Very very good..I can’t seem to keep my joy hidden,my fingers are excited to type..I am already picturing big-mane lions :)let the government now re-tender the consessions,I bet the numbers will drop drastically and also tender some of the areas for photographic safaries!!let some of the GMA’S be turned into national parks..let the few million dollars lost be compensated by the tourists..let zambia be known as one of the top african destinations to be visited..you safari operators were warned not to start something you are not able to win..I as an ex hunter feel proud to be a patriotic zambian today

    casanova - January 11, 2013
    13:10

  3. Well done Ms. Masebo, dont listen to these dim detractors whose sole mission in life is to critise govt even when right.

    Bobby Digital - January 11, 2013
    06:59

  4. Torurim,maebo.PF language?lol

    Mwana - January 11, 2013
    02:55

  5. Wtf is torurim?maebo?

    Mwana - January 11, 2013
    02:29

  6. Good move…these billionaires from the states should come to Zambia and invest in tourism not trophy hunting or safari …else these animals will disappear like their american buffalo. More over lions are social cats when you take out the alpha male the rival males in the area take over and eliminate all the cubs in the pride.

    Simba - January 11, 2013
    00:37

  7. just ban safari hunting. only muzungus are making money out of Zambias wildlife, as can be seen by the charges one blogger has shown compared to the income to Zambia. ban it completely if u really want to see Zambian wildlife grow like Kenya’s. no two ways about it. masewo should not use this confusion as a money making venture from the muzungus who seem to be ready to bribe her. why is she now contradicting her self. I smell a big rat.

    Patel - January 10, 2013
    22:03

  8. yes lion hunting should stop,instead hunt for chimbwis

    Nkeyema - January 10, 2013
    20:53

  9. awe am supportin u hon road oh masebo

    ba Zambia - January 10, 2013
    19:45

  10. She will be hunted herself at the rate she is going!

    London - January 10, 2013
    19:42

  11. Ban on hunting lions and leopards – GOOD. Ban on local hunters- BAD. Allowing only foreigners to hunt- WORST. Hangover of colonial stigma or arm twisting by VP Guy Scot to privilege his fellow mzungus to come enjoy and deplete our national resource while the door is shut to Zambians.Masebo clearly stated that Safari Hunters are known to abuse their quotas.Instead of shooting 2 buffaloes they wipe out 10 to use as baits to lure lions from National Parks.Masebo is well aware of such abuse yet goes to allow these same chaps to continue plundering -WHAT PRINCIPLES.

    BLACK KNIGHT - January 10, 2013
    19:09

  12. Bravo! Sylvia Masebo has taken a courageous step in putting morality above financial gain.

    It is immoral to kill animals for a trophy.

    These animals are put on earth as a symbol of the Majesty of God. We should view them and contemplate how rich and wonderful is this world we inhabit.

    Killing such beautiful animals is utter vandalism and criminal. It is total ignorance and should have been banned a long time ago. Ahh… better late then never. Bravo! Sylvia Masebo Bravo!

    AbuBintain - January 10, 2013
    19:04

  13. This is a very good decision and has my full support. This chaps come to kill our game and we are arrested for just having a kilo of meat.

    Linyungamoyo - January 10, 2013
    17:58

    • because you do not buy..nyoooooo kufuna va freee

      ZAWA - January 11, 2013
      16:56

  14. It is very stupid to create an imbalance in our eco-system just because europeans want to hunt. Even in Europe they have hunting seasons, and they have animals that one can not hunt. Those europeans do not even hunt these animals for anything more beneficial than showing off. At least if they made food or medicine out of it, but no. Just destroying our forests. We also have tourists who want to SEE these animals. Those are more useful to me, and more in numbers than those who want to KILL these animals. The whole world is talking about conservation, mothafukkazz!!! Abash!!!

    Logic Deficiency Crisis - January 10, 2013
    17:39

  15. The BBC on the same report says “There are thought to be no more than about 4,500 lions in the whole country, while the leopard population is unknown. Neighbouring Botswana is banning all sport hunting from 2014, while Kenya halted hunting for sport decades ago. If this report is anything to go by then this decision is long over due.

    obed - January 10, 2013
    16:51

  16. Too many self made experts on this issue. I am confused.

    obed - January 10, 2013
    16:27

  17. Pipo please don’t you understand that with out safari hunting poachers will destroy our wildlife faster then we can even think who do you think pays for anti poZ00xd0aching and and Zawa its not the goverment but the safari companys not the photographic camps they are cheap to stay at and don’t do any anti poaching work also the safari hunters only hunt old males of the specicies not you breeding ones they are very selective as the clients that come only want the biggest and best! Wich realates to conservation as the old spent males! And its in the safari hunters best interests to. Keep the population healthy for future years to come they don’t just hunt indescrimintly!

    zambia for ever - January 10, 2013
    15:22

  18. MASEBO – thanks for not allowing these crooks to finish our big cats – selling without good statistics – well done masebo- these chas could have finished our cats, just like rhinos

    os - January 10, 2013
    15:04

  19. BIG GAME HUNTING IS WHAT DEPLETED AFRICA’S WILDLIFE IN THE 18TH & 19TH CENTURIES. IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT’S INHUMAINE, BARBARIC ONLY SERVING KILLERS THEIR THRILL FOR SENSELESS KILLING. IN AMERICA, THE BISON WAS ALMOST WIPED OUT INTO EXTINCTION BY THE WHITE MAN IN SPITE OF IT BEING IN ABUNDANCE WHEN HE LANDED. WHAT IS $3MILLION COMPARED TO A ZAMBIA WITHOUT LEOPARDS OR LIONS & “TIGERS”. BUT OK, MADAM MINISTER U FAKAPULADI ON THE TIGERS IN ZAMBIA…KEKEKEKE

    MALOZA - January 10, 2013
    15:02

  20. oh mayo you are right to ban hunting the cats but dont miss the formulae, ZAWA WILL stand up right when grz recapitalise it 100% you have the vision ok but convince GRZ to support zawa first than victimizing the ZAWA officers dont be cheated by zumula the idiot who is a selfish stupid indian. His wealth is from our wildlife.

    kk - January 10, 2013
    14:45

  21. Bravo Masebo!!!.People please as much as we enjoy critising the goverment,this time they have got it right.How do we offer hunting concessions when we dont know the number of animals we have.

    TRUE ZAMBIANS - January 10, 2013
    14:42

    • The issue is he manner in which its done. Give people ample time, tourists book and pay in advance. No research, no consideration, just with immediate effect. Ni tujilijili

      Gazi - January 10, 2013
      15:43

  22. Just kill all the lions. They kill our relatives every year

    Bondate Liato - January 10, 2013
    14:26

  23. It seems there is serious money in this wildlife sector….somebody please enlighten me how lucrative this sector is!

    Bolt - January 10, 2013
    14:24

    • a lion hunt can be sold for usd 100,000
      a buffalo hunt for usd 15,000
      an elefant hunt for usd 35,000
      a leopard hunt for usd 30,000

      zedian - January 10, 2013
      17:19

  24. Hon. Minister maybe right because safari hunting is not sustainable in the long term. Yet ZAWA earns 50 % of its income from here. If you removed it ZAWA will collapse. Govt in their 2013 budget have allocated KR 4.7m which is only ZAWA’s two months wage bill. Minister should put acontingency plan in place.

    george mbao - January 10, 2013
    13:59

  25. It is about time SATA gets rid of Masebo! Everyday we have to be bleeding with news on something wrong and indemocratic that Masebo is doing? how much more of her bulshit are we going to take?

    CNPS - January 10, 2013
    13:42

  26. Zawa gets equivalent of US$180 000 from govt per annul to manage 30% of the Country’s land surface and protect wild animals which are mobile, including those in GMAs where communities get 50% of the revenue (zawa meets all the cost of managing GMAs and National Parks,). Compare this with Kenya wildlife service which get US$20.0 million per annum from it’s Government. No wander Kenya can do without hunting . Let us not just copy other policies which we do not understand. There is no photographic tourism to talk about in Zambia, parks are inaccessible 6 months of the year. Let government develop infrastructure first before we can dream of developing tourism in Zambia.

    Magna - January 10, 2013
    13:24

  27. If the hunting of cats ban, where are going get money to pay the poor village scout whot is doing all the pratrols in th bush? Plse think twice madam mininister, don’t b selfish. Jus formalise the system at ZAWA so that CRBs gets what belongs to themN don’t punish the inocent

    francis - January 10, 2013
    13:23

    • Ba francis – its a good move not until we have proper statistics- how do you allow cats being choped every year – you dont know how many you have in the den- good move its not about money its about the future of our country

      os - January 10, 2013
      15:09

  28. ZAWA is the best scape goat for their lucrative human parts trafficking busness for rich customers abroad. Human parts are trafficked under the guise of hunted carcass(sic). Body parts are on demand by aging billionares by the thousands in the Americas. Masebo is trying to clear up the way.

    Anonymous - January 10, 2013
    13:07

  29. The statement from the VP that ZAWA is not remitting wildlife revinue to communities has nothing to do with tender process. They were suppose ask ZAWA why the benefits are not reaching the communities without mixing issues.

    francis - January 10, 2013
    13:03

  30. sorry I meant lions are more useful alive….

    Concerned Citizen - January 10, 2013
    13:00

  31. You fools lions can bring more revenuw when they are arrive than dead. Learn to critize with your brains using the mouth not with your fical matter in your assess!.

    Concerned Citizen - January 10, 2013
    12:57

  32. Which one is better Safari hunting which is paid for or poaching?

    manu4life - January 10, 2013
    12:56

  33. The minister has never worked in the wildlife sector, what she knows is local gvt and housing. These decisions have no grounds

    francis - January 10, 2013
    12:55

  34. Consoultation is very important belore passing any decision

    francis - January 10, 2013
    12:49

  35. Ba Silvia. What goes around comes around.

    Ibu - January 10, 2013
    12:45

  36. This kama woman is killing the wildlife sector. It seems all the PF bigwigs have a bone to chew with ZAWA. Sata is on record as saying that the institution cares more about animals than people. Guy Scott once applied to be ZAWA Cheif Executive but was not even shortlisted for interviews, hence I believe the animosity towars the institution. You Chaps better grow up and think of what is best for the country!!

    Evans Mbulo - January 10, 2013
    12:44

  37. awe,on the hunting of wild animals i agree with masebo. people should not come and hunt our animals and we are proud of it. it doesnt make sense to me,not at all. maybe she should have given proper statistics on the numbers of lions,leopards etc we have had in the past years to show some trend of diminishing wildlife and so on. this blood sport should not be condoned. mr.gavin robinson,twakana killing our animals for the fun of americans and europeans. chawama twachula. animals are just as important a citizen as our people are. we must care for the animals as much as we do people.

    zagaze - January 10, 2013
    12:42