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Peace Parks Foundation is very pleased to announce the appointment of Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta to its Board of Directors.
Peace Parks Foundation has been privileged to work with Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta, who, with exemplary leadership, is promoting the sustainable use of natural resources by his people.
Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta is the traditional ruler of the Sisheke Chiefdom in the Western Province of Zambia. He ascended to the throne in September 1977 and is the second born son of the late Litunga of the Lozi Kingdom, Ilute Yeta IV.
Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta studied law at the Universities of Swaziland and Edinburgh, Scotland, where he graduated with an honours in LLB.
The Senior Chief has served as Vice President to Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first Republican President of Zambia and as Minister of Home Affairs in the same government prior to that.
In November 2009 Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta was the guest speaker at a Peace Parks Foundation function, where he said: “I have done a very un-Zambian thing by declaring war. A war on poverty. A war on environmental degradation. And a war on exploitation and unsustainable land-use practices.’
“In the name of development and growth, we lost our forests and their associated timber resources. The teak forests were devastated with little or no benefit to my region or its people.’
“The establishment of the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) spanning the borders of five countries and sharing the rich natural resources of the Okavango and Zambezi River basins has however brought hope to the Sisheke Chiefdom and the Barotse people, located in Zambia’s poorest and least developed area.’
Peace Parks Foundation has worked with the Senior Chief on developing an integrated development plan for the Zambia component of KAZA TFCA, of which the Sisheke Chiefdom is an integral part, as well as on a climate change project with a view to improved forest and fire management.
PPF CEO Werner Myburgh said: “The Foundation can only benefit by the skills and leadership that Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta bring and we are all very pleased to welcome him to the Board of Directors. It has been a privilege to work with him in Western Zambia and we look forward to doing so on other matters as well.’