Tracking down of wildlife is unlawful: Shifeta

20 Aug 2017 18:40pm
ONAMATANGA, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta has said it is unlawful for people to put down stray wild animals without authorisation from his ministry.
Shifeta said this whilst addressing the Onamatanga community in the Omusati Region’s Ruacana Constituency on Saturday.
The minister urged the public to refrain from illegal hunting, entering the Etosha National Park at unofficial entry points, and establishing farms near the park’s fence.
This follows reports that the areas of Onamatanga, Omutambomawe, Amaupa and Uutsathima are used as bases for poaching in the park.
Local farmers reportedly also track down wild animals that escape from Etosha and kill them without authorisation from the line ministry.
If a stray wild animal is found in the community after escaping from Etosha, Shifeta said, it should be reported to the officials of his ministry to handle it.
Asked what action will be taken against individuals who recently killed lions after they allegedly killed their cattle in the same area, Shifeta said investigations have been completed and a police docket was submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor-General for a decision.
“The Prosecutor-General has to determine if there is an element of self-defence in the act of those who killed the lions or if it is an offence,” he said.
Prominent businessman, David Kambwa Sheehama was one of those involved in killing six lions after such lions allegedly killed some 20 cattle in the Omutambomawe and Uutsathima cattle post areas.
The lions are believed to have escaped from Etosha.