Illegal hunting in Namibia
At a press briefing in Windhoek yesterday, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) , Tjekero Tweya said the Namibian Police Force has been actively involved to curb the illegal hunting of wildlife, particularly rhinos and elephants.
Similar to the Bwabwata National Park and the Palmwag Tourism Concession Area, the Etosha National Park has also been placed under wildlife protection with the Namibian Police. Officials of the (MET) continue to work closely with the police in wildlife crime prevention.
As from May 2015, poaching of rhinos and elephants has been contained. Community members, traditional leaders and regional councillors as well as parliamentarians were congratulated for their fight against illegal hunting and encouraged to cooperate with security forces in the fight against crime.
Also applauded by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism were the Inspector General of the Namibian Police, and the team of dedicated officials for making this a success. Namibians are requested to refrain from being lured into poaching, particularly communities neighbouring parks and to report such activities to the police.
Meanwhile, anybody found in the vicinity of any park or wildlife areas could be searched and weapons confiscated.