NAMIBIANS URGED TO UNITE AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

Namibians should unite against organized and serious environmental crimes such as poaching which involve foreign nationals' co-operation with locals for the illicit operations to be successful, says the head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).

Inspector-General of Police Sebastian Ndeitunga, speaking at the Nampol Christmas carols for the Kavango East Region division Friday, said: "Our country has been facing serious crimes like poaching and this is caused by foreigners and Namibians who have organized themselves to poach our protected resources such as rhinos and elephants."

These animals, he added, are part of the country's tourism, adding that in other countries, these animals are only seen in magazines and books as they have been wiped out in those parts of the world. If Namibia is not careful, the country's rhinos and elephants will also be wiped out.

"We should stand together as Namibians and say, 'No more poaching of rhinos and elephants' and other protected species that makes the country attractive for foreign tourist."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK