Refrain from violence against tourists: MET

22 Jun 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has called on the public to refrain from violence against tourists and to guard Namibia‘s good reputation and ranking of among the top tourist destinations.
Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta, in a media statement issued on Wednesday, noted that tourism generates much needed cash earnings for the economy, provides jobs, and transforms the lives of many Namibians, especially in rural areas.
“It has come to ministry’s attention that our tourists/foreign visitors are falling victim of crime such as theft, robbery, assault, car breaking and etcetera. The ministry sadly regrets that such barbaric actions are happening in our country.
“As a nation, we should unreservedly express our strongest condemnation and protest against the violence and criminal acts aimed at our tourists in Namibia and in particular, the recent attack on tourists in Swakopmund and Otavi,” Shifeta noted.
A Norwegian diplomat based in Cairo, Egypt was violently attacked and mugged in Swakopmund more than a week ago. An unknown person hit her on the head with an unknown object.
In another incident, a farmer and an American hunting guest were attacked near Otavi last week.
The ministry requested all government agencies, local authorities, private sectors, and the public at large to ensure the safety of tourists and the visitors within all corners of our country.
Pohamba appealed to citizens to report any suspicious acts and incidents to the Namibian Police Force and City Police to bring the perpetrators to book.
“Let us protect our tourists, the economy, our image and reputation, and let us protect the brand Namibia – the endless Horizon,” he added.