ZAWA Boss’ Contract On Ice

GOVERNMENT has not renewed the contract of Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) director general Zen Vlahakis which expired on April 21, 2014.

Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa said in an interview in Lusaka that Mr Vlahakis’ contract had not been renewed and that the former director general had since left the authority.

Mr Mwansa explained that Mr Vlahakis’ contract initially expired on January 31, but it was extended to April 21, 2014 to give time to the ZAWA Board to appoint a new director general.

Mr Vlahakis thanked Government for the opportunity to serve as ZAWA Director General and the period he served in an interim capacity after his initial contract expired.

Mr Vlahakis urged all members of staff at ZAWA to keep up the spirit and morale and that he looks forward to seeing them when he visits the National Parks in his private capacity.

ZAWA communications and public relations officer Readith Muliyunda said acting director general Kampamba Kombe, who is the authority’s legal counsel, thanked Mr Vlahakis for his leadership and contributions to the authority during his tenure in office.

Mr Kombe said Mr Vlahakis’ contribution could not be over-emphasised and would definitely help the institution and the industry as a whole to proceed towards achieving its mandate.

Recently, Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata dissolved the ZAWA Board which was appointed in January last year by then minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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