ZAWA fails to pay workers due to Masebo’s ban of safari hunting

The decision by Tourism and Arts minister Sylvia Masebo to cancel safari hunting license and ban hunting has critically crippled Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) financial standing resulting into ZAWA failing to pay monthly salaries for its employees, a senior official in ZAWA has said.

“As a result of Masebo banning hunting, ZAWA has lost on revenue and because  of her decision, ZAWA is more into deeper financial problems. It’s true that ZAWA has had problems but her decision has greatly affected our operations. As I am speaking to you right now we have not been able to pay January salaries,” the source said.

The sources said that only a few employees, particularly those in national parks are the ones that have been paid owing to the revenue collected from park fees. Among the areas where some employees have been paid were in areas like South Luangwa national park where they collect park fees.

“Some of our scouts are paid from park fees but the majority of our staff have not been paid. Such a thing has never happened in ZAWA in the last 10 years or so,” said the source.

As a result, he said that poaching in most of that game parks has been on the rise claiming that just last week, an elephant was shot in chieftains Chiawa’s area.

“An elephant was killed last week and the game ranger was asked to investigate but his response to us was shocking. He said I have not been paid and there is nothing that I can do. If this situation is not addressed  soon, the levels of poaching in the country will be alarming,” said the source.

The source said that Masebo was hurting the tourism industry and the earlier president Sata fires her the better. He complained that after the cancellation of tenders and firing of top management at ZAWA, there has been calls from stakeholders that are tribunal be set up to investigate Masebo but to date, no action has been taken.

“Its like the president has gone to sleep, in the interest of the nation, let president Sata take action. Masebo should put the interest of the nation above her personal interest. She banned hunting and cancelled the tenders because of her corrupt activities. Even the board that she has appointed is full of her friends and they will certainly dance to her tune,” said the source.

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32 Responses to "ZAWA fails to pay workers due to Masebo’s ban of safari hunting"

  1. DD   February 18, 2013 at 13:50

    Masebo is a stupid bitch..wanya karma will bite u in the ass

  2. Zambian   February 18, 2013 at 10:53

    Our politicians can be so myopic! So you close down the source of revenue and you expect to continue with operation? With what money? The same strained taxpayers money? Really? It would have been better if they had closed one and opened another not closing one and expecting manna from heaven?

  3. sugzyo phiri   February 18, 2013 at 05:26

    Let me add some voice to this. It is the responsibility of government to pay salaries and fund conservation activities. However funding to conservation in Zambia is very pathetic due to misplaced priorities. It is standard conservation practice in most countries to hunt of government selected species populations (mainly males i.e 2 -4% of males) to generate income for conservation. When well managed this is far below the population rate of increase of most species even when u factor in poaching. Therefore those arguing that hunting will deplete animal stocks do not understand conservation. If anything it is action like this where decisions are made without proper planning that are detrimental to conservation.

  4. AlaMaseboTembo   February 18, 2013 at 03:12

    She went straight at the heart of revenue creation and killed it. We do not want animals killed but find the money or else they will be carnage as no one will protect these animals.

  5. Muchende Wakuchuundu   February 17, 2013 at 20:21

    The banning of hunting by this bitch is a blessing in disguise, i for one did not support killing of animals for one to be paid his salary.

  6. zAmbiance   February 17, 2013 at 18:21

    Just revert back to National Parks and Wildlife Services. ZAWA is crap!

  7. No Name   February 17, 2013 at 15:23

    Why should the death of an animal result in someone getting a salary? One ought to be paid for saving the life of animals. I only hope these decisions will not result in animals loosing confidence in the PF Government like we have done.

  8. verB   February 17, 2013 at 15:14

    Masebo is sucha bitch..usless woman burn in hell.

  9. wilson   February 17, 2013 at 15:00

    Shameless woman is making innocent people starve on her own agenda..

  10. DmaX   February 17, 2013 at 14:52

    Y is the investigation aginst masebo being ignored??and she promised that she will find funds to run the wildlife industry..where are thy??its harder said than done!!get your act straight mrS..

    • zAmbiance   February 17, 2013 at 18:08

      The answer is there in the article, ukwa has gone to sleep

  11. BLACK KNIGHT   February 17, 2013 at 14:09

    This story has been posted with the influence of Safari Hunters.At this time of the year till May there is no hunting activity neither from Safari or resident hunters.Hence no licence fee is generated for Zawa chaps to find cause to complain about their salaries being denied due to the ban.Let them instead blame the Government for not releasing money to cover their monthly salaries which is being diverted to wasteful by-elections,the daily hiring and firing has become a drain on the coffers. And where the puppet of a writer talks of one elephant being killed by poachers in Chiawa,there have been elephants killed almost daily in game management areas bordering Luangwa National Park throughout the hunting season even with the presence of Safari Hunters who normally care less.

    • petelo   February 18, 2013 at 07:14


      • one kambuya   February 18, 2013 at 08:04

        This bitch needs to get layed!!!!!

  12. zambiano   February 17, 2013 at 13:40

    Gross incompentece by masebo(sperm bank) she doesnt care her and her retarded son are getting paid on time but hard working people are not getting paid on time.Why isnt she in lusaka trying to talk to Mr Chikwanda to try to get monies to pay the ZAWA people but instead she is in livingstone making noise.

  13. Edward   February 17, 2013 at 12:53

    And you expect me to waste my respect on Masebo(sperm bank)….I.D.I.O.T. P.Fools

  14. winter muunacaangwa kabimber   February 17, 2013 at 12:29

    sata fears insults from that masebo the uncultured woman….sata has tasted her insults before and this time he is like not again… sometimes i wonder what is wrong with sata to assemble such a team in cabinet….kaya

  15. maposa   February 17, 2013 at 12:18

    The coorect thing to do for this p….was to critically analyse every information she was presented with b4 making this hasty decision
    Which one is better poaching or hunting so some money can be raised for some people to have food and their children? Plse thoz entrusted with powers to take care of the welfare of others lets not work out of impulse and greediness at the expense of the innocent zambians Do not miscot me, conservation is VERY VERY important but respecting wild animals more than man isnt conservation at all

  16. The Moderator   February 17, 2013 at 10:56

    All workers who have not been paid should lineup at her office to demand payment without further delay.

    • Zambian with knowledge&I can reason sapere aude!   February 17, 2013 at 11:03

      Not Zambians too weak to stand up for their rights and not to forget Zambia isn’t democratic, police will be ordered to mob-justice the people who have the right to demonstrate. Zambia Zambia the hope of Africa once and now?

  17. 1Hz   February 17, 2013 at 10:44

    This is what was bound to happen,I hope the tourism ministres is happy now..what’s even more alarming is all the amimals out there that are being killed illeagally and for selfish reasons because of her,,zambian wildlife is more at risk in her hands she will deplete it,already zawa is collapsing Mr president where are u??masebo is doing a shiT job..

    • Zambian with knowledge&I can reason sapere aude!   February 17, 2013 at 10:54

      Shit job is a compliment
      She is just foolish this specie Sylvia, cannot call her woman she is disgrace to womanhood.we need women of substance in action not a specie like her with a useless mouth and some bed skills which aren’t enough to keep a marriage atase go to hell Sylvia :-)

  18. mimba   February 17, 2013 at 10:38

    the minister appears to be a poor decision maker. She should have analyzed the implications of her decision to ban ZAWA’s hunting scam before doing so. Does it mean that ZAWA survives because of hunting licences? This is a poor business model because it means that the more hunting is done to kill our animals, the more perks ZAWA staff members get. This is dysfunctional and immature because it means that this model will lead to the extinction of our animals!! Who ever created this model is a clearly a criminal and requires to be jailed for plotting extinction of our animals.

  19. Inspector Nabs   February 17, 2013 at 10:22

    Exactly wh@ does Masebo think when she’s alone? Oh! I 4got, when she’s not attending 2 mismanaging govt she z buzy entertaining U-know-who. Silly girl

  20. Bob   February 17, 2013 at 10:20

    If the reason to ban safari hunting is indeed to allow the different animal species to multiply, then central government must start funding ZAWA operations in the meantime. It is an investment in that case. After all, so much of our tax money is abused day in day out including in useless by-elections.

  21. sissy   February 17, 2013 at 09:47

    The situation at zawa is indeed really traggic. i remember in the chiluba error a similar situation occuured and during the period when hunting was banned the country experienced rampant poaching than ever before. What the minister neglected to look into was the fact that these safari hunting companies play a major role in anti poaching activities..I am not one to normally judge but this decision was not well researched prior to pronouncements, and while conservationsists may have good intentions their deeds sometimes are for selfish motives rather than for the greater good.Some of our conservationsist in the forefront in Zambia are known conmen with private game reserves so where is the balance there( shouldnt Game be in the wild if you are a true conservationist?)lets remember that conservation has plenty funding and others could be misusing the well intended funds.. my advice to the minister reconsider certain descisions and forget pride just fix you concerns without harming the ZAWA employess and the our flora and fauna

  22. wemo   February 17, 2013 at 09:43


  23. Czar   February 17, 2013 at 09:43

    If ZAWA employees are paid from funds generated from hunting then our wildlife is in danger of extinction!!

    • TTE   February 17, 2013 at 15:08

      How do you Expect it to genereate income??don’t just open your mouth with out thinking!

      • Czar   February 17, 2013 at 15:37

        Muppet! You probably work for ZAWA. My point is not that you shouldn’t be paid. No! Rather, you should be paid by income generated by the GRZ not from killing the same animals you are supposed to protect. As a health worker I am paid by the government not from the patients. Tourism and not hunting should be emphasised.

        • Bull dozer   February 17, 2013 at 16:08

          I agree with you that GRZ should should possibly bridge the gap of paying ZAWA staff as well meeting costs for other operational activities. Hunting is also a form of tourism called consumptive tourist whilst the other form of tourism is photographic which is also referred to as non consumptive hunting. Conservation should not be expected to make too much funds even for paying staff. It must merely be a service like the education and health sectors. I rest my case!

          • Czar   February 17, 2013 at 16:13

            Point taken bro! I appreciate your reply.