No rhino poaching reported since May: Tweya

04 Aug 2015 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG (NAMPA) – No incidents of rhinoceros and elephant poaching have been reported since May this year.
Delivering a report on Tuesday on a recent Cabinet meeting, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya thanked the cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and members of the public to curb the illegal hunting of wildlife.
He said the Etosha National Park, Bwabwata National Park and Palmwag Tourism Concession Area's wildlife protection have been placed in the hands of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), amongst numerous law enforcement agencies.
Tweya said officials of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism will continue to work closely with NamPol in wildlife crime prevention and law enforcement.
The minister congratulated community members, traditional leaders, regional councillors and parliamentarians in affected areas for their fight against illegal hunting and cooperation with security forces in routing out crime.
“We thank the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga and the team of dedicated and competent officials led by the Regional Commander of the Oshana Police, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa and Ministry of Environment and Tourism officials, who jointly made operations a resounding success,” he said.
The anti-poaching operation started in June this year, and will run till the end of next month. So far, about 24 people were arrested for hunting protected game between 2008 and 2015.