Protect Water Bodies, Says Lungu

DEFENCE Minister Edgar Lungu has called for the protection of water bodies to save them from illicit activities.

Mr Lungu said although Zambia was a landlocked country, the country was interested in ensuring that the seas were safe as its safety had economic benefits for Zambia too.

He said this when he officially opened the 20th Session of the Standing Maritime Committee (SMSC) held at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka yesterday.

The objective of the five-day meeting is to review resolutions passed during similar previous meetings held in South Africa and Tanzania in February 2012 and February 2013 where countries agreed to endorse the ‘Riverine Exercise’ scheduled for June 22 to 30, 2014 to be co-hosted by Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Mr Lungu said Zambia had several inland water bodies which required to be protected from inimical maritime activities just like those others with access to oceans.

He urged the meeting to come up with good protective measures of water bodies in the region regardless of the nature of water bodies in which geographical boundaries had confined the countries.

The delegates of the meeting were drawn from all Southern Africa Developing Countries (SADC) member countries. Mr Lungu urged participants of the meeting to sample Zambia’s tourism package.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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