BY SYLVESTER KAUMBA
Tourism and Arts minister Charles Banda has described the recent shooting of a community scout in Nyimba district as devastating.
Mr Banda says it is unfortunate that they are elements among people in society who believe that they can still destroy wildlife especially that government has embarked on a wildlife conservation programme for purposes of developing the economy.
Mr. Banda said his ministry would do everything possible to deter such behavior in effort to bring down the levels of poaching and if possible stop it completely.
He said wildlife is meant for purposes of generating worth for the country and employment for the people and not just a few selfish individuals who want to benefit themselves alone as poachers.
The minister has since urged wildlife officers not to give up, but step up their patrols stating that government would do everything possible to supplement the efforts that they are putting in to combat the crime that seems to be on the upswing.
Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe has disclosed that there was a shooting incident that resulted in the death a community scout named Rodrick Ngulube employed under the Nyalugwe Community Resource Board (CRB).
It is suspected that suspects behind the shooting are from Saulo Village and Zambia Police Service have been provided with resources to pursue the suspects.
The remains of the deceased have since be taken to his home village in Nyalugwe area for burial after post-mortem.