Etosha is not for sale: Shifeta

16 Feb 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta has refuted allegations that the Etosha National Park is being sold, saying there is no way something like that will ever happen.
Shifeta said this on Tuesday morning when Nampa enquired about allegations made by the Secretary General of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Job Muniaro that the national park is being sold on auction.
Muniaro made the allegations during a media conference here on Monday.
Shifeta said the park was not for sale and that such allegations were only made to “confuse the public and cause a commotion”.
“Etosha is a national park and our heritage; there is no way we can sell it. It is a big rumour and there is nothing like that. Those who are spreading the rumours just want to confuse the public and they should stop doing that. It is not for sale,” said Shifeta.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism also said in a statement issued to the media on Tuesday afternoon it is impossible for any individual to sell any part of the park, as the Etosha Pan is a vast bare, open expanse area that covers 4 800 square kilometres.
“As a country, we cannot compromise our achievements in conservation as this will not only impact on the economy of the country, but also take away income-generating activities from our communities,” the statement said.