KALUMBILA Minerals Limited (KML) has partnered with Government through the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) in the training of wildlife game scouts and infrastructure development in West Lunga Game Area which is located in Senior chief Musele’s chiefdom in North-Western Province.
Speaking at the official hand-over of Chovwe Scout Camp to ZAWA in Kalumbila district, First Quantum Minerals (FQM) country manager, Kingsley Chinkuli, said the construction of the camp and training of wildlife game scouts was part of the on-going relationship that Kalumbila Minerals Limited established with the Government following a request.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Kalumbila Minerals Limited and ZAWA will offer on-going support and training and engage stakeholders in the development of new programmes which will entail provision of logistical, technical, financial and managerial support to ZAWA in West Lunga and in three surrounding game management areas (GMAs).
General Chinkuli said Kalumbila Minerals Limited, a subsidiary of FQM, has been working closely with ZAWA over the management of wildlife, natural resources and ecosystems for the environmental and economic well-being of Zambia, particularly in West Lunga.
“The completion of the scouts camp provides a base for where the village scouts and ZAWA will operate from. Our hope is that this will help improve their operational capacity and enhance law enforcement in the game management areas for many years to come”, General Chinkuli said at the ceremony attended by Senior Chief Musele.
The GMA had no scouts and very little ZAWA presence which prompted Kalumbila Minerals Limited to come up with assistance of forming Community Resource Board in senior chief Musele’s chiefdom which the mining company facilitated last year and hired, trained and equipped 10 village scouts who have been operating since January this year, with the necessary equipment.
And speaking during the same function, ZAWA director general, Kampamba Kombe who said he was deeply honoured to be part of the handover ceremony said the West Lunga National Park should be seen as a trio ownership facility by ZAWA, Kalumbila Minerals Limited and the local community.
“Without any of these partners putting efforts together, we will not see any meaningful results,” Mr Kombe said and appealed to other cooperating partners to emulate FQM.
He thanked Kalumbila Minerals Limited for the additional support being rendered to ZAWA such as servicing of utility vehicles, office equipment and training of 50 ZAWA game scouts.
The ZAWA boss also thanked the Ministry of Home Affairs for authorisation of the purchase of two boxes of ammunition and four short guns donated to them at the same ceremony by Kalumbila Minerals Limited.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Musele who was flanked by 30 Indunas commonly known as Chitumba Mfumu expressed his deepest gratitude for the wildlife programme in the area and the camp.
The traditional leader, who was the guest of honor, acknowledged that wildlife programme would benefit his whole chiefdom for years to come and appealed to his Ndunas to spread the message that the scouts and ZAWA were in the area to protect wildlife resources and would not tolerate anyone trying to compromise it.
He emphasised that there was need to demarcate and make boundaries where people can farm and identify areas of the GMA to be dedicated to wildlife since there were many communities living within the GMA. He commended the relationship between Kalumbila Minerals Limited, ZAWA and the community which collaboration he said he wanted to see in other areas.
– courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.