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The Ministry of Tourism and Arts in partnership with African Parks has released three Cheetahs into the Bangweulu Wetlands in Lavushimanda district of Muchinga Province.

The three were restocked from South Africa and kept in a holding boma at Chikuni while two others are yet to be released.

And speaking during the release of the Cheetahs, Ministry of Tourism Director, Department of National Parks and Wildlife CHUMA SIMUKONDA said the restocking of Cheetahs will enhance tourism in the Bangweulu Wetlands Game Management Area.

Dr. SIMUKONDA has appealed to the local people to work closely with African Parks and Government to develop the Tourism sector.

He has also thanked the traditional leadership for supporting the initiative of re-introducing Cheetahs in the Bangweulu Wetlands Game Management Area.

And Chief Kabinga of the Bisa people called on African Parks to ensure that the locals benefit.

The traditional leader also called the local people to support the project that will bring development through wildlife based tourism.

He appealed to African Parks to consider constructing a school in Chikuni area in the Bangweulu Wetlands, so that children can have access to education.

And Bangweulu Wetlands Park Manager PHIL MILNER has pledged to work closely with the local people.

Mr. MILNER added that African Parks will ensure that the benefits trickle down to members of the community.

The event was also attended by Senior Chief Kopa, Chief Chitambo, Chief Kabinga, Chief Nsamba, Chief Bwalya Mponda and Lavushimanda District Commissioner YVONNE CHISENGA.

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