The Government of the Republic of Namibia rejects, in the strongest terms, a malicious news article published by the British daily tabloid “Daily Star“ on
25 March 2018, claiming that “Namibia is ridden with street crime and not a place to be at night”, amidst news touted that the newly-weds Royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, might have chosen Namibia to be their ideal and distinct honeymoon destination.
The Government of the Republic of Namibia wishes to put on record that the poorly researched news article contains serious inaccuracies, innuendos and
paints a negative and unfair picture on Namibia. The Government refutes the news article as fabrication and misrepresentation of the good global reputation of Namibia as a tourist destination of choice. The news article also completely ignores the peace and political stability the country has enjoyed since its independence on 21 March 1990.
The Government wishes to categorically state that the tourism sector in Namibia has recorded phenomenal growth with tourists coming from as far as Germany, the United Kingdom, and other European countries, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Namibia is undoubtedly a country of stunning beauty and a friendly tourist destination. The country hosts the oldest desert on earth, the largest sand dunes in the world and the mind-blowing flora and fauna which are amongst the country's main attraction.
There have been, for example, international celebrities who successfully visited and enjoyed the warm hospitality of Namibia. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
selected Namibia to be the birthplace of their first biological child (Shiloh). Hollywood mega star Charlize Theron recently shot a movie on the shores of our
coast - something Namibians are quite proud of. Most importantly Former US President George W. Bush and Jack Ma, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba, also visited Namibia in 2017, as tourists. The Government of Namibia is mindful that no country is immune from crime in
the world. But Namibia is a safe country for its citizens and visitors alike, and welcomes people from all walks of life.
Ms. Bertha Amakali
Director of Information and Research
Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation
Government of the Republic of Namibia