By Newton Sibanda
CHIEFTAINESS Shikabeta of Rufunsa has appealed to the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to step up its patrols to fight poaching, which is on the increase in the area.
She said in an interview that poachers from outside her chiefdom are conniving with local people, who know where the wild animals are, to poach.
“There are a lot of poachers here, so ZAWA should step up. They are used to stay where the animals are but now they just mount roadblocks,” Chieftainess Shikabeta said.
“We want a safari hunter here who can protect the animals. Government should come in and assist us,” she said.
Chieftaines Shikabeta also lamented that monkeys and bush pigs are destroying crops in the area, thereby posing a threat to food security.
“Monkeys have multiplied a lot and are destroying crops. Once we plant, monkeys get the seed and eat it,” she said.
Chieftainess Shikabeta also complained that farmers in her chiefdom have not received fertliliser for this farming season and that this could result in crop failure.
“We have no fertiliser here, so we anticipate crop failure,” she said.
Chieftainess Shikabeta appealed to the government to ensure fertiliser is distributed to her chiefdom.