Government has plans to privatise the Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve in a bid to make it efficient.
Speaking on the sidelines of a handover of an elephant restraining fence and a graduation ceremony of wildlife protection officers, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka said the game reserve can benefit from private sector investment.
He said government, through his ministry, wants an operator that has credibility and an achiever.
Msaka said government will make sure that the transaction is done transparently for the successful investor to take over on merit.
“It is the merit part that we are currently undertaking. We will go through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) process to make sure that it is a valid arrangement,” Msaka said.
He said government aims at improving the wildlife reserve the way Majete Game Reserve in Chikwawa district has been upgraded.
“Vwaza is close to Mzuzu; if we improve the park and the communication system, it can be a premier place where many people will be interested and keen to invest,” he said.
Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve has among others 200 buffalos, 300 elephants, 300 hippos and about 500 antelopes. n