02 Nov 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) - Erongo Regional Police Commander, Andreas Nelumbu has taken over the command of the anti-poaching operations in the Etosha National Park.
Nelumbu replaces Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Regional Commander in Kunene, James Nderura, who has been at the helm of anti-poaching campaigns for the past three months.
The change of command effected on 31 October 2016 was officially confirmed by NamPol spokesperson, Inspector Slogan Matheus in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday afternoon.
The command of the anti-poaching unit is rotated every three months among police regional commanders.
Anti-poaching activities are conducted by police officers from the Protected Resources Unit in the Palmwag Conservancy and concession areas in the vicinity of the Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.
People should know that we will leave no stone unturned in protecting our rhinos and other animals, Nelumbu was quoted as saying in the statement.
Between January and June 2016, eight suspected poachers were arrested on charges linked to illegal rhino and elephant poaching, while 12 firearms were confiscated in areas adjacent to the Etosha National Park and sent for ballistic examinations.
Three rhino carcasses were discovered with their horns still intact over the same period. Bullets were recovered from the carcasses.
The change of command was effected in the presence of the Deputy Inspector-General for Operations in the Namibian Police Force, Major-General James Tjivikua on Monday.
Tjivikua said the anti-poaching operations are progressing well and poaching in certain areas has drastically decreased.
The anti-poaching operations are jointly conducted by members of the Namibian Police Force from Kunene and Erongo regions, with the assistance of officials of the Save the Rhino Trust and Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Tjivikua also applauded the general public for continued support and assisting with information on poaching activities.