Stricter punishment for trade of wildlife products coming

21 Feb 2017 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 2 FEB (NAMPA) - Cabinet last week approved proposed amendments to the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.
The amendments will increase fines and prison terms for the possession and trade of controlled wildlife products such as elephant tusks and rhino horns.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya on Friday announced the approval of the amendments to the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act, 2008 (Act No. 8 of 2008).
Tweya said Cabinet further approved the referral of the amendment bill to the Cabinet Committee on Legislation for further scrutiny before its tabling in the National Assembly.
Approached for comment Monday, Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said once approved, any foreign national convicted of trading in wildlife products, irrespective of whether they pay a fine or are sentenced, will be deported.
“They will not be allowed back into Namibia,” he said.