President Edgar Lungu’s generous gift of three buffaloes to King Mswati of Swaziland on the eve of the wedding has again become a topical debate, with Governance Activist Leslie Chikuse arguing that President Edgar Lungu has no exclusive rights to abuse wildlife with impunity.
Chikuse said President Lungu will will one day account why he decided to donate diminishing buffaloes from Luangwa National Park to King Mswati on his wedding.
The buffaloes that were transported to Swaziland were speculated to have spread foot and mouth disease.
The European Union(EU) imposed a ban on beef imports in Swaziland.
The Swazi Government said the buffaloes tested negative in the preliminary examinations and that further tests would be carried out in South African.
State House Spokesperson Amos Chanda confirmed that buffaloes were transported to Swaziland but said they were certified fit by experts.
However, Chikuse is wondering whether the President owns game parks in the country where he can walk in anytime and choose animals to give to his friends.
He said despite having immunity, the President cannot be allowed to abuse natural resource, saying if the trend continues with impunity, Zambia is not going to have wildlife since the the Head of State has many people to please.
He said in as far as the country’s tourism is lagging because of certain species of animals that have gone into extinction, the country cannot afford to give away Buffoloes through donations to the President’s friends.
“Does President Edgar Chagwa Lungu own a game park where he can walk in anytime to choose animals to give to his friends? We can understand if it is a normal routine, where animals are being cropped in game parks. Not in the current situation when we need these animals to keep our tourism going. Unless you are telling me that he gave his friend Mswati animals that are not worth living,” Chikuse said.