Vice-President Guy Scott has acknowledged the luck of transparency in parastatal companies.
Speaking during a wildlife stakeholders meeting, Scott said government had been finding it difficult to implement transparency in quasi-government institutions.
“There are too many authorities that think they are actually independent of government. There is a strategic plan that we will design in the next few years. It’s a pity to realise that most people think Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) is not part of government. In fact they are part of government, but there has been political interference in the planning document as if somehow they elected the representatives who have no say over ZAWA. The same applies to all these authorities – ZEMA, ZICTA and others. They have a feeling that they will be left alone to tmake money to invest in real estate. Its giving us a big headache to bring government agencies into line,” Scott said.
At the same event, Tourism and arts minister Sylvia Masebo said the government will decentralize ZAWA to make it more efficient and effective.
And United Nations country representative Kanni Wignaraja hoped the government would take an eco-system approach to the sector, “not driven by hunting and non-hunting interests, but one of managing and
conserving the country’s natural resources and biodiversity while ensuring that communities have decent livelihoods”.